Is It Harder for a Mature Man to Diet?
And Should I Even Bother?
Being a mature man, I often ask myself if it is really harder for me to diet, or does it just seem that way versus when I was younger?
I also ask myself, should I really care how much I weigh, or rather should I be fastidious about caring about it. Using the apps, standing on the scale nearly every day, stuff like that.
In the past seven years or so, I have seen my weight increase by some fifty pounds. Yes, I typed it aloud, fifty pounds. Wow! That is the size of a 5 or 6-year-old isn’t it?!
I’m not really sure what happened. I know when I turned 50, I was pretty much the same weight that I had been for many years. I don’t even remember if I ever checked my scale in those years. I am sure I was weighed at the doctor, so that is probably one reason I remember my weight.
Another reason that I remember my weight being much less, is that back then I was wearing at most a size 34 pant, and now I am up to a 40. Yuck! Sorry, to anyone else that wears a size 40, it’s just not something that I thought that I would ever do.
So, now 50+ pounds later I ask myself, should I diet? Well, obviously the answer is “yes”, since there is no medical reason for me to be gaining all this weight. Well, nothing medical, but age!
What I am now finding out though is that dieting is really hard now. I used to be able to feel full, and control my weight without finding myself starving each night. Trying to stay at 2,000 calories is a bummer.
Even keeping my calorie intake to 2,000 calories, I still find myself not really losing any weight, feeling hungry all the time, and just angry because I can’t fit into my suits, or jeans for that matter. I can’t keep up, nor can I afford to keep shopping “up-size” on everything!
So, what I am trying to do again is check my calorie intake, that is step one. Second, I am making sure that I don’t bring anything into my house that I can “pig” out on. Nothing in any large measure other than baby carrots that I might like to eat.
My third step that I am contemplating is to rid myself of all food, and switch to a juice based diet. I have read a LOT about it, watched a LOT of videos, it sounds promising, and interesting. I’m not ready to take the plunge yet, so stay tuned.
For now, I will keep up the fight of me against the diet, and calorie intake monster. Are you fighting him too?
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