Every decade of your life brings new challenges and adventures. When many people reach their 30s, they discover that they have a firmer grip on who they are and what they want from their life. They also find that their health has changed dramatically. You have become busier as you are going after your goals and building your life, which has caused stress and lack of sleep. Your metabolism has also slowed down considerably.

Dropping a few pounds in your 20s is often no big deal, but weight loss in your 30s is a whole other matter. Losing weight, and maintaining that weight loss takes a more deliberate action plan. Your health is changing and your behavior needs to change along with it.

Make Exercise a Priority

What exercises will you realistically do? Can you maintain a schedule of walking every day? Yoga first thing in the morning? Will going to the gym help you keep up this schedule? Working with a personal trainer can help motivate many people to show up. Find what works for you, and then keep at it consistently.

Create a Real, Lasting Diet

If at all possible, this will ideally include working with a nutritionist to build a diet plan that works best for your body. Fad diets and temporary changes aren’t going to help you lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life. It’s time to build healthy habits that can stay with you. You want to build a diet that will help you lose weight, but also add nutrition that you need to stay active.

Build Habits To Help You Manage Your Stress

Stress hormones can make it very difficult for you to lose weight but very easy to gain it. When you’re stressed, you’re also more likely to turn to temporary solutions for the stress, like unhealthy snacks and watching television for hours on end.

Realistically, one of the best ways to manage your stress is to have an exercise routine. Moving your body regularly helps reduce stress. So does a regular sleep schedule. Other tips for managing your stress include journaling, meditation, yoga, and visiting a therapist.

Build Muscles

It’s harder to build muscle when you’re in your 30s, and that will only continue to be true. It’s best to start working on this now with some healthy weight lifting and adding more protein to your diet.