I have painfully realized food is my enemy. I know that’s an unhealthy way of looking at it but my lack of willpower has caused me to become 6 pounds overweight for the Army. Yes, 6. I would love to have my daughter’s fast metabolism or be able to eat like my husband and barely gain a pound. I am not as active I used to be. While serving on active duty I was never overweight. We “PT’d” every day in some units and every other day with others. When I was stationed at Fort Huachuca we had weekly 5 mile runs with the training battalion and same while stationed in South Korea.
Once reaching my 40’s I quickly realized I needed to exercise more even if eating the same amount of calories. Frustrating.
Pre-menopausal and menopausal women’s metabolisms slow down due to the aging process. Another frustrating factor besides the wrinkles, thinning skin, and irritability.
Prevention.com has a simple formula for women on how to effectively lose weight:
Determine How Many Calories You Need
Knowing your ideal goal aids weight loss
|Your weight goal: ________|
|Multiply by:||x 10 if you don’t exercise
at allx 13 if you rarely exercise
or only play the occasional weekend golf or tennis game
x 15 if you regularly exercise
|Total daily calories: ________|
Healthy eating has to be a number one priority for both men and women. Heart disease and diabetes runs on both sides of my family so it’s imperative I get off my bum and take a proactive stance on my health.