Losing weight after sixty is no joke. As you age, your metabolism slows down which makes it harder to keep the weight off. For post-menopausal women, a loss of nutrients like magnesium leads to a decrease in metabolism-boosting hormones. That’s why it may feel like you don’t seem to be losing any weight. Fortunately, there are a few dietary changes you can make which will aid your efforts to lose weight and stay in good health after 60.

Cut down on carbs and sugars: Older adults might observe a spike in blood sugar due to insulin resistance. This may lead to pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and Type 2 diabetes, all of which make it difficult to lose weight. Reducing the number of carbohydrates in your diet will slow down the conversion of glucose to sugar and make it easier to stay the same weight. Though some experts swear by the Keto diet (which is high fat and low carb), you should still check whether this is the right choice for you with your health professional or doctor.

Stay hydrated: While drinking water doesn’t help you lose weight, it can help you curb cravings and cut down on snacking. Health experts advise that you try to drink half your body weight in lbs in ounces of water.

Add magnesium to your diet: Magnesium is a metabolism-boosting mineral that helps process proteins, carbohydrates, and fats from the food you eat. It also helps you create energy by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is an energy storage molecule. One way to boost your magnesium intake is to add magnesium citrate powder to your water. This is an absorbable form of the mineral which will replenish electrolytes and help you regain energy.

Make meal prepping a part of your lifestyle: Meal prepping involves planning your meals and shopping for the ingredients you need for the week. This will increase your chances of eating healthy all week. If you cook larger portions of food, you can break them down into smaller meals and you won’t be tempted to snack throughout the day.