I would like to know what two vegetables I need to stop eating to lose weight! I’m 62. By all accounts, I am no longer a “young” or even “middle aged” woman. I’m not ready to call myself “senior” but I think the word “old” certainly applies. That’s okay. I like being old and I’m looking forward to getting older and older and would love to be a “very old lady” someday.
Accepting my age isn’t anything special. I wish more women would. That’s not to say that I don’t sometimes see my reflection and think, “Whoa! when did I get such crepey skin?” or “Women twice my age have half the wrinkles I have!” I’m not going to worry about how to tighten my skin or smooth the wrinkles. My concern is simply how to take care of my body and maintain my healthy weight.
Maintaining my weight isn’t effortless but I wouldn’t call it hard. Mostly all it takes is commitment. It takes daily monitoring. I must pay attention to both my food intake and my physical activity level. Sometimes I have to stop eating when I’d really like to go on to have a second helping. Sometimes I have to pass on dessert. Sometimes I’d like to sit on the couch but I have to get up to my feet and do something that gets me moving and keeps me moving for at least ten minutes and preferably 30 minutes or more.
I do like most vegetables, but I think I could easily give up 2 – any 2 at all – if it meant weight loss. Imagine, I could relax or altogether ignore my maintenance behaviors, and when I gained weight, no worries. I just would stop eating the magic two vegetables and that would take me back to my lower and desirable weight. Who wouldn’t give up 2 vegetables for a great deal like that?
Clicking on the ad doesn’t reveal the magic vegetables. What a surprise! The picture and the caption were nothing but “click bait.” When you click on ads like this you leave your cookies. You’re telling companies information about your online activities and what is of interest to you. Clicking on that ad tells companies, “I’m female, I’m older, I’m fat and I’m possibly gullible and willing to pay a lot of money for a way to miraculously lose weight. Now fill my Facebook feed and all of the web pages I visit with lots of junky ads targeting me!“
Regardless of your age or gender, losing weight won’t happen by never eating 2 vegetables. In fact, losing weight isn’t about never eating any specific food. Eat your vegetables, your bananas, your carbs, your sugar, your fat.
Here is how both female and male adults can lose weight at any age. Eat whatever you want. Just be sure that you’re eating a diet that limits calories to fewer than you burn, is nutritiously balanced and includes occasional treats. Make physical activity a regular part of your day, ideally choosing activities that you enjoy.
When you see an ad in your Facebook feed that looks to good to be true, just keep scrolling, because it probably is!