It is an unfortunate fact that as we age we may find that keeping the weight off will become harder and harder, with the dreaded “middle-age spread” a common occurrence among the older generation.
However there are ways to combat this problem and prevent weight gain as you get older, read on to discover 4 different foods that could help:
In a recent study those participants who increased their intake of yoghurt either experienced weight loss or less weight gain.
What you need to be aware of is that yoghurt often contains added sugars so you should always check the label beforehand when choosing which brand to purchase.
Even those with high levels of natural sugars are probably best avoided.
There are a few reasons why seafood is good for weight loss and preventing weight gain. For a start it is full of protein, which is slow to digest so will help keep you fuller for longer.
Protein is also harder to break down so more calories are used in this process.
Seafood also contains high levels of healthy fats, such as Omega-3 that has been shown to aid fat burning.
In one particular study back in 2008, those participants who consumed seafood 3 times a week lost more weight (around 2 pounds more) than those who didn’t eat the seafood.
Chicken is another good source of lean protein so again can help keep you feeling fuller, while also ensuring extra calories are burnt during digestion.
A 2012 study showed how protein can help increase lean body mass (muscle), which is also beneficial for weight loss and preventing weight gain as it has been shown time and again that muscle burns more calories than fat while you are at rest.
When choosing chicken for weight loss it is important to avoid the fried variety, so it is best to avoid fat food chain options like KFC.
Nuts are a good source of protein and healthy fats so are the perfect choice for a healthy snack.
The only concern regarding nuts is that due to their high fat content you should limit their intake. If you consume too many then you could even cause weight gain. The recommended serving size for nuts is 1 ounce.
If you are worried about weight gain as you get older then you need to stop worrying. There are plenty of ways that you can prevent the weight gain.
The four examples above are just a few examples. You should give your diet an overhaul if you are concerned; certainly cut back on the junk food and takeaways.
Your activity levels are also important, and while you may not want to spend your twilight years in the gym there are still plenty of activities that you can do to keep you active, fit and slim.
Even a daily walk can help keep those extra pounds at bay if you look after your diet too.