If you are a woman over the age of 50, you may have noticed that there are a couple of extra pounds that have crept up on you. While you may not appreciate that extra weight, you may take comfort in knowing that you are not alone in that happening. As we age, our metabolism tends to slow down, and we slowly start adding weight each year. The good news is that it is never too late to do something about it!
Once you reach the age of 50, you really need to make healthy eating and exercise a priority. This is especially true if you have been going through prior decades not being committed. Don’t feel ashamed about it, either. A good portion of women in your age group have done the same thing. But now is the time to kick it into high gear, take control of your health, and get fit and healthy.
You can lose weight. Here are some of the most successful tips for weight loss for women over 50:
Weight gain and loss is about energy. Every bite of food you consume is considered energy, as is every calorie you burn from exercise and by just existing. If you take in more calories than you burn, they will be stored as fat. Take in less, and you will pull from your fat reserves to use energy, and it will lead to a weight loss.
Don’t try to lose more than 1-2 pounds per week. Losing weight at only 1-2 pounds per week is a healthy way to lose weight, and you will be more likely to keeping it off.
Forget the fad diets and quick-fix plans. What leads to healthy weight loss is a permanent lifestyle change. You have to be committed to losing weight and being healthy.
Opt for whole foods that are prepared at home, sticking with lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources. Keep dining out to a minimum, because most of the time it is loaded with sugar, sodium, and fat that you can’t see, but has an impact on your health.
Stay well hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water each day.
Develop an exercise routine that you enjoy. Ideally, you should be getting 75 minutes per week of vigorous intensity exercise (running) or 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise (brisk walking) per week. Additionally, you need to get two days in of muscle strengthening exercises, focusing on various muscle groups.
If you stick with those guidelines, you will see the pounds gradually shed and you will look and feel great. Many people find it helpful to keep a food diary to keep them on track, and some put their exercise on their calendar. Do what you must to stick with it and stay committed. As a personal trainer, I have worked with many women over the age of 50 throughout the Pacific Northwest, helping them to achieve their weight loss and fitness goals.