Women :: Healthy Weight Loss Plans
Nearly everyone wants to know how to lose weight easy and fast. They're also looking for permanent, quick, healthy weight loss plans and want to know everything without paying a cent. Been there . . . done that. And I've also spent quite a bundle of change on weight loss over the years.
Weight Loss Information
Just for Women
Diet, exercise as well as finding
healthy weight loss plans can
sometimes present special challenges
for a woman when pregnant, during
menopause, or other times in her life.
Many of my personal frustrations with weight loss are what motivated me to create this website. I'm 50 years old, and yes, I'm a woman.
Let's face it. As women we have a few challenges the guys don't face. We'll continue to expand on weight loss, exercise, and what makes up healthy weight loss plans in the different stages of our life all from a woman's perspective by adding more articles to WeightLossAnswersOnline. So please check back every few weeks or so to discover what's new.
Right now let's briefly touch on two front runners: pregnancy and menopause.
Do NOT try to lose weight if you're pregnant!
There really isn't any such thing as healthy weight loss plans when you're pregnant. Your baby needs you eating healthy and gaining weight. If you don't, your baby won't get the nutrients he/she needs to grow. And of course, before you change or do anything, double check any recommendations or information with your doctor.
Experts say you don't need to change the number of calories in your first 3 months of pregnancy. Then in the last six months, normal-weight women need an extra 300 calories each day. (See Assessment & BMI to determine if your weight is normal or not.)
You can find more information on healthy eating plans while pregnant in this section, as well as ideas on how to lose baby fat and get back to your ideal weight.
Menopause Weight Loss
Menopause causes a lot of changes in our body. These changes may result in insomnia, mood swings, hot flashes, lack of concentration, joint pain, night sweats, and perhaps a few other less than desirable experiences. But what many of us are most concerned about is the dreaded weight gain!
This topic is hotter than the hot flashes. And they've actually done some scientific studies to determine whether there is a correlation between menopause and weight gain. I'm sure more studies are in the works but in general here's what they found . . .
There may be a connection. We lose estrogen and progesterone (hormones) during menopause. Fewer calories are being burned and metabolism drops. So this makes it even more important to have healthy weight loss plans you can turn to.
How to combat menopause weight gain
You may not feel too great during this time. This in turn tends to dampen your enthusiasm for exercise and you may also be drawn to high calorie and high fat "comfort" foods. WATCH OUT! These foods aren't included in healthy weight loss plans. This tactic is part of your downfall, at least as far as weight control is concerned.
The answer is straight forward and simple: Eat fewer calories than what you're burning through exercise. By eating right and exercising at least 30 minutes every day, you can do it!
You want to increase your resting energy expenditure. In other words, you want to increase your resting metabolic rate. Your resting energy expenditure accounts for as much as 75% of your total energy used. So that's why elevating this has such an impact.
And the resting energy expenditure depends strongly on muscle mass. You can combat the natural tendency for this to decrease with age by strength and resistance training. Relax. This doesn't mean you have to become a body builder and look bulky. Including 20-30 minutes of this 2 or 3 times a week will yield benefits in many areas of your life: Weight control, reduced risk of osteoporosis, longer life, and numerous other significant health benefits.
As women we face a few extra challenges during some of the stages in our lives. Exercise and a proper diet are critical to our overall health and enjoying an ideal weight for life. Check out the guidelines and tips on exercise in the collection of exercise articles on this site. And to make sure you've created one of the truly healthy weight loss plans, I recommend the menus and recipes section of WeightLossAnswersOnline.