I also cannot say that "losing weight is harder now that I am older" - because honestly, for me - it really isn't.
I remember my mother encouraging me to get my weight down "before I hit 30 - because once you hit 30, it just gets harder and harder to take off!" - Now that I think about it, my mother never was overweight, so, I wonder how she knew this.... but there it was, the "myth" that guided my 20's - "if i don't get these last few pounds off by my 30th birthday... it's over."
Well, not that I was particularly overweight in my 20's - could have stood to lose 20 pounds, big whoop. But I found it DIFFICULT to lose weight (mostly because "diets" stood in the way of "fun with friends" back then). So i entered my 30's about 20# overweight. A few years later... 50# overweight.
So at 34 I set about losing it - and - once I had the right attitude and had set my priorities differently so that "healthy weight" trumped all - it came off suprisingly quickly and not-quite-painlessly, but - not so bad!
And then after maintaining for several years... "things happened" and I ended up "could stand to lose 100" sigh! For the past couple of years making a meaningful change to my weight DID seem "too hard" and it would have been so easy to resign myself to my fate "because I'm 47 now, I can't lose it like I used to" -
But. After adjusting my attitude and priorities and getting down to business - here it is, coming off again, surprisingly quickly and not-quite-painlessly, but - not so bad! I REALLY don't feel I am suffering from any particular age-related weight loss handicap at 47 compared to 34 compared to 18! The challenges are just a little different (metabolism challenge up, social-pressure challenge down) but it isn't any harder or less-hard than it ever was.
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3/26/13 12:07 P
I haven't really noticed a huge change in my ability to lose weight now (61 years old) and when I was in my 30's, 40's, or 50's. If I am eating in a good calorie range and exercising, the weight comes off. My individual case may be unusual? But there it is.....
Edited by: CHESAPEAKE60 at: 3/26/2013 (12:38)
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158 3/26/13 8:55 A
Being post menopause I see many friends who are the same weight as they were years ago but their body weight distribution changes. Thin women who now have a little stomach (pouch) so they think they need to lose weight when all it is, is mother nature doing her thing. There are biological reasons why you get a post menopause pouch. I would like to have my 30 year old body back with my 26 inch waist but because of biology that won't happen. Keep eating healthy and exercising and make sure to keep your weight within the normal BMI range.
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3/26/13 8:53 A
I don't disagree.
And so much of what lies behind that attitude is harmful and false anyway. I didn't even expect to see significant weight loss from what I've been doing in large part because of this attitude that if you're over 40 and female it's a lost cause. If I'd gotten into this for weight loss itself and not for other reasons, I'd never have tried.
Laziness is how I got to this weight, but being 40 is making it near impossible to get off. The things that worked when I was 20 to consistently lose a pound a week do not work now. It's frustrating.
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688 3/26/13 8:17 A
Well I guess it depends on how old you are, but I do know that age can affect your metabolism. When we age, our hormones go all nutty and that attributes to weight gain. All that being said, that is not a message of doom. I have some friends who are 40+ and are in the best shape they have ever been in. As long as you are doing what you are supposed to be doing (eating right, exercising, and taking care of your body) age should not be a major factor.
if you eat the same amount of calories this year that you did last year without any change in activity, it adds up to about a pound a year. you can either eat 10 cals less a day or be a little more active to balance it out. at your height and weight a proper bodyfat measurement is the best indicator of where you are, as 130-135 is well within where you should be.
How much should I attribute aging into my current weight? Whenever I complain about my weigh to my husband, he always just tells me that I'm getting older, it's just what happens. I can't accept this response because I feel like it will end up resulting in gaining more then I need to! I already feel like at 130-135lbs and 5'5" I'm at an acceptable weight, and don't need to gain anymore! If anything, I'd like to lose 5 more! Any thoughts?