My jeans and I did battle this morning. Picture a boxing ring. The jeans came out of their corner spiffy, freshly washed, and back to original shape. I stepped into the ring at a formidable disadvantage. Unlike my jeans, my body had not shrunk to my former shape.
Tug. Pull. Suck in the belly. You know this drill, don’t you?
Nonetheless, I’m not giving up my jeans because of muffin top or stomach fat. I love wearing jeans, and I don’t plan to stop.
Fact: Mother Nature makes radical body changes after 50.
We simply have more belly fat now than in our younger years. Even losing weight or exercise doesn’t alter it: Everything else gets thinner, but our stomachs stay bigger. Phooey. However, we can alter how we view our changing bodies and how we handle those changes. After all, in the long run, it’s not really our aging bodies that upset us. It’s our angst over change, which is inevitable. Here are four real-life solutions for handling belly fat after age 50:
Change your mindset.
Belly fat is here to stay, like it or not. Appreciate what your body can do. Say “thank you” to your body instead of fighting it.
Stand up straight.
Jeans fit better when your shoulders are back, your head is held high, and you project your heart to the sun.
Get jeans that actually fit.
Your jeans should snap above your belly button — no exceptions! These days, there are flattering jeans for all shapes and sizes. For our age group, I recommend Not Your Daughters Jeans, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Lee. And Miracle BodySuit jeans even have a little spandex for tummy control.
Wear Spanx or other smoothing undergarments.
Of course, you shouldn’t wear spandex all the time, but it’s fine on occasion. Spanx and similar undergarments help us look wonderfully curvy and can boost self-confidence! If you find the advice helpful, click the link below to download more free tips, “Top 10 Tips to Fight Muffin Top After After Age 50.” [tagline_box backgroundcolor=”” shadow=”no” border=”1px” bordercolor=”” highlightposition=”top” link=”http://www.katherineforsythe.com/download-top-10-tips-fight-muffin-top” linktarget=”” button=”Click here!” title=”Free Download: Top 10 Tips to Fight Muffin Fat After Age 50″ description=”Here are tried-and-true tips to help you look and feel your best!”][/tagline_box]