Because metabolism tends to decrease with age, women in their 20s may find it less difficult than older women to effectively shed pounds.
However, a reduced-calorie diet and regular exercise program are still essential for women in their 20s to effectively meet their weight-loss goals.
1. Reduce calories
Lowering your current intake by 500 to 1,000 calories daily is an excellent place to start. Doing so often helps you drop 1 to 2 pounds weekly. Weight-loss diets containing 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day are often appropriate for women in their 20s. However, if you’re losing more than 2 pounds weekly, slightly boost your intake or seek supervision from a health care provider.
2. Boost protein
Boosting protein intake helps you shed pounds because protein helps fill you up and increases energy expenditure. Choose lean meats, seafood, unbreaded poultry, egg whites, soy products, seitan, low-fat dairy foods, nuts, seeds and legumes. Remember to reduce your intake of carbs and fats to make room for the additional protein without going over your daily calorie goals.
3. Limit junk food
Limiting — or avoiding — junk food helps you effectively lose weight. A good place to start is by cutting out soda, which often contains 150 calories per can, and other sugary drinks. Replace sugary drinks with water or unsweetened tea. Cut out potato chips, sweets, baked goods, fried foods and refined grains such as white rice and white bread.
4. Choose fiber
Like protein, fiber also helps fill you up during weight loss. Furthermore, fiber calories aren’t fully absorbed by your body, making it easier to cut calories for weight loss.
5. Exercise often
One of the best ways to lose weight and reduce unwanted body fat is to exercise on a regular basis. Choose a combination of resistance training, such as weightlifting, and cardiovascular exercises.