It's harder, but not impossible. I'm 49, I've lost over 70 pounds since my 45th birthday, about half before joining Spark and half since.
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I lost the weight starting at 56. Plus hypothyroid & menopausal. All things that are *supposed* to make it harder. I just decided to ignore all that "harder" crap, and do the things I was supposed to do (track my food, weigh/measure my portions, get some exercise on a regular basis, etc). And I agree that it's better to add in strength training sooner rather than later. (In maintenance over 2 years now.)
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I think it was just an excuse for why people gain weight after 40. I lost about 180 since turning 35, and hit 40 in January. I still have 20 to lose, and will do so before Christmas, despite being over 40.
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current weight: 179.6
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5/25/14 3:09 P
44 now, 42 when I started, and lost weight really great, honestly -- see signature.
I think it's a crock, and a dangerous one, as it discourages us from making changes that will make us healthier whether we lose a single pound or not. (But we will lose.) In fact when I started, I'd bought into the "I'll never lose any significant amount of weight" nonsense so much that if I hadn't changed my lifestyle for entirely different reasons I'd never have done anything at all. As it was, when I started losing I was surprised, and when I kept losing I was really surprised. But my body didn't care what I thought about it, thankfully.
Edit: I thought my sig was more thorough than it is: I lost just over 40 pounds from mid-December 2012 to first-June 2013, then about another five over the next month as I adjusted to maintenance. That put me just about smack-dab in the middle of the healthy BMI range for my height. I haven't weighed more than 148 since. (And am at more like 140 right now due to the aftereffects of a horrible stomach bug, but that's another story.)
It seems that everything is harder as we age! But that doesn't make it impossible. Weight loss at any age is challenging - just look at all the younger folks here having similar struggles.
I think it's a matter also of having been entrenched in habits for longer. Those will be more difficult to break, and take a conscious, concerted effort.
I didn't embark on my weight-loss regime until I was in my 50s. I've lost a lot, and I'm not done yet... but I just don't allow myself to collapse into counterproductive thoughts. I can do it. I've been doing it. I have no time frame to meet, other than to get it done to improve my health at whatever rate of loss I can manage. Sometimes that's really slow! right now, I'm in a stall... but so long as I'm not gaining, I'm content. I didn't get to the weight I began with overnight (or quickly) either.
Have faith. You can do it, and you'll feel so much better - and be healthier! The years ahead will reward you. Look forward, and don't let the details discourage you.
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I've just returned to Spark and am over 45. Just in the last 2 weeks of tracking I am seeing results and becoming aware of what I was doing to myself. I agree tracking is the number one tool that will help you on your journey.
current weight: 181.4
Fitness Minutes: (3,008)
2/9/14 6:31 P
Don't despair! I am 56 and have been on Spark People for just 4 months this coming weekend and have done pretty good. I have another weigh in on Tuesday so I am excited to see the pounds come off and I should be at 54 pounds gone!
The most important thing is tracking everything you put in your mouth. I still have a ways to go but I just take one day at a time. You can do this -- regardless of age!
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current weight: 151.2
Fitness Minutes: (29,419)
2/9/14 6:20 P
I would definitely add strength training to your exercise program. I believe a big problem is the loss of muscle mass that occurs as part of the aging process. Muscle is metabolically active, meaning it burns calories at rest. Lose muscle mass and your metabolism slows. However, if you strength train you can reverse this decline and even gain muscle. At 50, I'm more ripped than I've ever been.
Wow! Thanks everyone! That's so encouraging! I've been "stuck" at the same weight for about 7 months now (actually, I've put about 7 pounds on), even though I've still got more to lose- and I was thinking, is it because I'm not 19 anymore? But no, I think I need to just track what I eat more closely and keep going! :)
I'm tired of starting over- so I'm going to quit giving up!
current weight: 179.0
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2/9/14 2:22 P
This is just my experience, but it seemed just as easy for me to drop the weight at 43 as it was when I was in my twenties. In fact, in many ways it was easier----not so much the rate of weight loss (like I said, I noticed no difference), but mentally. I am more mature now than I was in my 20's and have a lot more sense (I think!:). I have gotten to know myself better, so I knew what I would stick with and what I would not. IMO, this knowledge is the main reason I have maintained my weight loss for more than two years now, whereas in the past I would struggle, struggle, struggle and still regain it. This time, it feels so much easier.
Besides as far as I have read, the research indicates that one's metabolism just slows down a bit---twenty or so calories a day as we get older. Granted, after years and years of slowing, that figure can add up, but it's a very slow process and something that is easy to manage.
Edited by: MELO1968 at: 2/9/2014 (14:23)
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2/9/14 2:16 P
Don't let that discourage you, it's a big old ugly harmful lie as far as I'm concerned. I was so brainwashed by it (and by other things) that I would never have gotten started at all if weight loss all the way down to mid-normal range had been my goal at the outset.
At any rate: I'm 43, almost 44 now, and lost 45 pounds from December 2012 to May or June 2013. I've been maintaining since then, a few pounds below the goal SP set for me last February when I joined.
Height 5'8 1/2" SW: 190+ CW: 141.0 Woohoo!
5K 4/21/11: 31:55
103 Maintenance Weeks
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2/9/14 2:08 P
I turned 40 in July of 13 and I have been losing weight faithfully for the last 3 weeks and have lost around 19 lbs. and 5 inches. In the last 2 years I have lost a total of 65 lbs. So I have faith that if you want to lose weight age is only one number but the pounds are the number I would be looking at. Good Luck!
My two cents....it is easier to lose weight at 40 than it is at 50 so get started now! Yes our metabolisms begin to slow down but if you keep active you can keep your metabolism revved up. Once menopause starts to hit it does get harder to lose, but I have lost a total 45 pounds over the last two years and I'm well in to my 50's. Don't let age ever be an excuse to not do whatever you want to do!
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current weight: 163.8
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,689 2/9/14 1:02 P
Hitting 40 isn't a death sentence. Do you have the metabolism of an 18 year old? No. Do you have to give up? HELL no!
The basics are still the same; eat fewer calories than you burn, and aim for an active lifestyle including a healthy diet of whole foods. The real key to weight loss? Tracking. Start by tracking what you're eating, right now. Track every bite, and weigh and measure it. Don't worry about limiting just yet. You can't know where you're going if you don't know where you are! Do that for a week. Then, you'll know your trouble spots, and can take that log to your doctor to get advice.
Seeing your doctor before starting any weight loss program isn't just a nice tagline at the bottom of commercials... it's sound advice.
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
It wasn't *that* hard. If you make the lifestyle changes necessary to lose and maintain weight loss, you'll lose. The hard thing is to change lifestyle habits - but that's hard at any age. So don't let the number of candles on the birthday cake deter you!
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