My husband is actually a fan of my blog even though he does not care so much about fashion. And every now and then he gives me me some ideas on what to write about. He likes the usefulness of my page that lets you calculate if you have a healthy weight and thought my article on Madonna and keeping in shape was very interesting and as my husband is always ‘working’ to keep his weight in check, he thought he could contribute his 2 cents to the conversation. And I agree! So here it is, a 40+ male’s take on keeping the weight off after 40!
How to lose weight without dieting
A guest article by my husband Mike
Here are my simple tips for losing weight and keeping it off. They are all very simple tips. They all work for me, but everyone is different. I would honestly love to know what works for you!
Part of losing weight is to realise what are your natural advantages and disadvantages when it comes to weight management. These are mine:
- I like exercise
- I do not have big craving for sugar or alcohol
- I like water and I sleep well
- I love cookies, and find it hard to stop eating them once I start
- I get strong cravings for snack in late evening
- I can put on weight very quickly (1 kg per week is easy)
Before you set goals for yourself, it is worth to stop and think what natural advantages you have to work with, and what are your weaknesses. You cannot eliminate your weaknesses, but it is certainly worth reflecting on how to manage them. (For example – to manage my snack cravings in late evenings, I simply started going to bed earlier….)
Finally, I strongly prefer simple tips, so that is what I have included below. All of them are easy to implement.
Disclaimer: I have never read a weight loss book. I have no scientific knowledge.
1. Weigh yourself every day
I keep an eye on my weight every day, by having the scales next to my shower. It may seem obsessive, but it helps me not to lose focus.
2. Set a maximum weight limit
My target weight is 78kg. But I only make small adjustments until I get over 80kg.
If I get over 80kg, I am very hard on myself until I get back under 78kg. The good news is that it usually only requires a 3-4 weeks of strong discipline to get my weight back below 78kg, because I am quick to recognize my weight has gone too high. These days it rarely happens….