Top 10 Middle Age Spread Solutions
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
June 26, 2012
Filed Under Health
Contributed by Info Guru Paul Seaburn
Everyone says that 50 is the new 40 and 60 is the new 50, but no one can explain why those new definitions of middle age still have the same old spare tires no matter how old you are.
Weight gain as we age is not inevitable, but it is harder to prevent and get rid of past 35. No matter where you define the middle of your age or the middle of your spread, these middle age spread solutions can help.
10. Check Your Pants
There are some great stores with clothing to make any body size look good, but if you find yourself getting new pants more often than you used to, your waistline is sending you a message. Listen to it and you’ll soon be spending less on bigger clothes and more on stylish outfits.
9. Check Your Pals
Take a good look at your friends – are they sporting a middle age spread too? We feel comfortable eating more when our friends do it too. Try having lunch once a week with a thinner co-worker or friend – then let them order first and guide you to a better diet.
8. Water, Water Everywhere
We know that sodas are loaded with sugar, but new evidence suggests that diet sodas trigger a mechanism that can cause us to desire more sweets – not a good thing for the waistline. Skip the sodas completely and drink plenty of fresh water instead – it has no calories, fills you up and keeps you hydrated after exercising.
7. Be Pro Protein
Proteins activate a hormone that helps your body break down fat, so always include protein in every meal. Milk or eggs for breakfast, lean chicken or beef for lunch and dinner and yogurt for snacks. Protein supplements and powders can help if your diet is truly deficient in food-source proteins. Another plus? Protein makes you feel full faster too!
6. Visualize A New Size
The bulge may be around your waist but the solution is in your head. When the urge to snack hits, close your eyes for a few minutes and visualize a thinner, fitter you. Breathe deeply and relax while you picture your spread vanishing. When you finish with this simple meditation, the urge will have passed and you’ll have more motivation to fight the spread.
5. Go Green … Tea
Green tea has some of the pick-me-up qualities of coffee without increasing your heart rate and can stimulate fat oxidation, especially in the deposits around your waistline.
4. Go Raw
Raw vegetables taste better, fill you up faster and provide fiber for regularity. Avoid the fatty dressings and learn to appreciate the fresh taste of raw vegetables. Raw nuts and seeds contain healthy oils and in moderation are great spread-fighting snacks.
3. Walk Away The Spread
Aerobic exercise is the best way to burn calories and walking is the easiest aerobic exercise for most of us to fit into our busy schedule. Regular walking in good shoes for 30 minutes 4-5 times a week is best, but every little bit helps – park further away from the mall, walk to the store or take the stairs in instead of the elevator.
2. Lift Something Besides A Fork
Anaerobic or weight-lifting exercises tighten stomach muscles while burning waistline fat. Joining a gym is a great way to have access to a trainer and a variety of exercises and equipment, but lifting two big cans of beans ten times before opening them for dinner is an easy and inexpensive exercise.
1. Dream Away Your Waistline
OK, you don’t burn calories by exercising in your dreams, but new studies have found that those who get seven or more hours of sleep a night on a comfortable mattress have a lower chance of gaining weight. Lack of rest causes stress that our bodies fight by storing fat and our minds cope with by eating.