Weight Loss Tips for Women in their 20′s

Listen, guys. I need to tell you something. When I was in my 20s I had the sudden realization that my body was changing and it was getting harder and harder to lose weight and keep it off. I’m sure that I’m not alone in this, right? You’re out of college, you’ve started a career, maybe you’ve even had a couple of kids by now. Regardless of where you stand in the classic American life time line, the years between 20 and 30 can be a problematic time of change for your health. It won’t be easy, but I can help you see what you can actually do to keep weight off.

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diet-women-in-their-20'sOne of the most important parts of losing weight in your 20s is getting started. The battle against fat only gets harder as you age, making today the best day to get started. Right now, your metabolism is faster and your endurance is higher than it will ever be naturally.

In fact, the more you age, the more you are going to have to battle disorders like high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and diabetes. The work you put in now is going to prevent all of them and more. I was only 23 when I was diagnosed with hypertension, so don’t risk it by waiting until the problem is already upon you! Luckily, I’m not going to tell you to start an extreme kind of program that you won’t be able to keep up. The idea here is that you need to make actual changes to your lifestyle to keep you healthy for years to come.

Make Real Diet Changes

Have you ever tried a 3 day crash diet? What about a fruit cleanse? There are plenty of diets that can promise you miracle weight loss and health benefits, but how easy are they to stick to. If you can make it through a tough crash diet that helps you lose a quick ten pounds, go for it- but if you would rather make a lifestyle change you can make sure that you stay at a healthy weight for years to come.

Cutting out junk food should be the first step. No more soda (diet sodas are OK in moderation), no Twinkies, no more McDonald’s late at night. These are staples of the modern woman’s diet, no doubt. All of that will catch up to you sooner or later. The problem with all of these things is the refined sugar that makes up a large portion of their nutrients. Sugar is one of the most problematic things that you can put into your body if you are even the slightest bit concerned with your weight. Now, what should you eat?

Luckily, you can eat plenty of things. A strict diet isn’t going to help you make any long term changes. Instead of a portion controlled meal plans, you need a diet that will let you eat as you like, but won’t force you to gain weight. Here is what you need to keep in mind:

  • Avoid carbohydrates as much as possible. Less than 100 grams a day. Most of these should be coming from vegetables or whole grain products.
  • Eat as much protein as you can. Lean meats like grass fed beef, chicken, and wild caught fish are perfect for this.
  • No dairy. Small amounts of cheese is OK as long as you use is sparingly.
  • Lots of eggs. A breakfast of eggs every morning is going to give you plenty of high quality fats and protein to get your metabolism started off right.
  • Coffee! I wouldn’t dare deny you of your morning cup of coffee, but you are going to have to pay attention to it more. No more sugar filled Starbucks Frap’s I’m afraid. A cup of black coffee first thing in the morning will give you an incredible fat burning boost to start your day off with a bang.

Find A Workout Routine That You Caweight-tips-for-women-in-their-20'sn Stick With

This is where a lot of people run into trouble. I never could make myself go to the gym four times a week. It was across town, I had other things to do, and I’m sure I had plenty of other excuses. There are essentially two options to that I would recommend to you. I’m more partial to one, but we’ll look at both of them to see which looks best for you.

Sticking to a workout routine is hard, so why not pick one that you only have to do a couple of times a week? I used a good cardio routine twice a week and got rid of my hypertension, lost weight, and felt better than ever. Here is something to try:

  • Warm up on a stationary bicycle for 5 minutes
  • Cycle between 30 seconds of all out peddling at high resistance and 30 seconds of rest
  • Do 8 cycles of this
  • Cool down for 5 minutes

That’s it! If you would rather not leave the house you can do this running as well. There is a hill outside of my home that I used to do hill sprints with this template and that single workout changed my life.

The second kind of workout can give you just as many benefits by using the same concept of intervals. Doing 30 seconds of running in place/air squats/burpees will work on your whole body, rather than just getting your heart into shape. An in depth look at this is best saved for another time, but a full body workout like this can take 25-30 minutes and you don’t even have to leave home.

Don’t Worry!

There are plenty of other things that you can do to keep your weight coming off, regardless of whether or not your body is beginning to slow down as you creep out of your 20s.

  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Reward yourself with a cheat meal once a week, and ONLY once a week
  • Never get discouraged by weighing yourself too much!

In the end, a plan to lose weight in your 20s isn’t much different than any other time in your life but it is the best time to get started. If you slim down and live a healthy life now, you will find that you have a much easier time later on in life.

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