Is it possible to lose weight after age 50?????

Friday, March 05, 2010

Okay, I'm doing my workouts every morning and trying to eat healthy, but the scale just doesn't seem to want to move and it is getting frustrating! I am trying not to weigh myself every day so I don't get so frustrated!!!! I know my biggest weakness is not keeping a food journal and calorie count! (but I did yesterday and was under 1400 calories!) I do well with my calories in the morning and afternoons when I am at work since I can't work and eat all day, but when I get home, I eat too big of a dinner and I need to be more accountable! Tonight my son wants me to bring home Jets Pizza after work!!! Help!!
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    I'm 53, and I'm losing. My secrets:

    1. Get outside and exercise as much as I can - walk, bike, I even bought snowshoes this winter and I loved hiking in them. I also do strength training once or twice each week.

    2. Drink 64 ounces of water a day. Fill up a 64 ounce container in the morning, and work on drinking it all day. I usually try to drink it all before 6:00 so I won't have to get up out of bed at night!

    3. Eat fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Use wholegrain products.

    4. Use the food tracker and keep track of everything you eat. Stay within the carb, protein, and fat guidelines prescribed by Spark People.

    It's working for me, I have lost almost 20 pounds! emoticon
    3503 days ago
    We're having pizza tonight too! Only one large for 6 people, I'll wait and take the very last piece so I don't feel pizza-deprived and have a salad.
    3517 days ago
    I agree with everyone that it can be hard after 50, but NOT IMPOSSIBLE!! I lost 55 lbs on SparkPeople when I turned was actually pretty easy with excerise and eating well. I kept it off for 3.5 years until about 6 months ago I gained about 15 lbs. I have been trying again with help of SparkPeople and it does seem harder this time, but it's coming off though more slowly.

    These are the things that helped me the most while losing weight.
    - TRACK YOUR FOOD (very important to make sure you're getting enough calories or too many.
    - CARBS, FATS, and PROTEINS you consume during days are in the recommended amounts. (example- too many carbs & not enough proteins can slow thing down) use the daily reports to see the pie chart to compare your intake against the recommended amounts.
    - PORTION CONTROL really important.
    - MIX IT UP. Mix up the food you eat and how much you eat.
    - AEROBIC EXCERISES (I swear by the Walk Away the Pounds DVDs.

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

    Good Luck!

    3518 days ago
    As one who just turned 60, I lost the 16 pounds between age 59 and 60. I kick started the process by working out 5-6 days a week and a top calorie setting of 1700. It can be done. Dinners work as a salad and whatever....I leave room in the calorie group for a snack if needed by 9-10pm. Pizza is made at home with boboli crust! I am working now on maintenance so figuring out workout/food is an ongoing project. It can be done! Just choose. You can do anything you choose. (Mountain climbing was never on my list anyway, LOL)

    3518 days ago
  • TIGGER1992
    i know it is difficult - my mom told me i better "lose it now because you will never lose it after 50". well I proved her wrong. it was deceiving though, the first 9 months i lost 1 pound average a week for the nine months, then after that i lost it even slower. i refused to weigh myself any more than once a month - it was just too depressing to see what i thought was "no progress". i have a medical condition so i didn't care how slow it came off. afterall it took 18 years to put on so i can wait one or two years to take it off! just keep track of what you eat, good or bad, and if you know you are going to have "bad" later put it in right away so that you can try to adjust the remainder of your day's meals to balance it out. also keep exercising, having muscle and a strong heart is way, way, better than a number on a scale. None of us are numbers. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon remember slow and steady wins the race! emoticon
    3518 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/5/2010 11:20:25 AM
    I am having trouble too. I am just happy I pay attention so I do not gain more :) Hang in there.
    3518 days ago
  • no profile photo SHANNONSTILLS
    It's harder but not impossible. emoticon
    3518 days ago
    It does become more and more difficult for sure. I am right here with you on THAT particular frustration. One thing you might want to evaluate is if you are getting enough calories for your level of activity or else your body holds on even tighter thinking you are starving it!
    3518 days ago
    I lost a lot of weight when I turned 50 and gained it back and more after two years of injuries. I am finding it a lot harder this time around at 54. With that in mind I still need to lose the weight and don't want to be the one hiding in the pictures anymore - so I willing to take it off anyway that I can - even 2 pounds a month. I figure if I do small measurable steps and exercise regularly it will come off and in a year I will be so much happier.

    As to food - some suggestions for night time eating:

    Eat more during the day so you are not as hungry at night.

    Make a big salad with a light dressing - I mix 1tsp of olive oil with a tbsp of balsamic - load it up. Serve yourself 1 or 2 slices of pizza and eat while you are eating the salad - wait until pizza is gone.

    I have been trying out lighter recipes that my husband and son are enjoying and trying strategies of making the same old but really watching portion control.

    Good luck - you are worth it.

    3518 days ago
    i glad to read these posts because i having the same problem
    3518 days ago
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    Yes you can. I lost my 25 pounds in the 5 months leading up to by 50th Birthday. That was my birthday gift to myself. I did it for me and no one else. But it can be done. And it is hard work. And there will be set backs and disappointments and temptations.

    Don't think of it as a diet. It is a lifestyle change. Take it one day at a time. Find small changes to make daily to eat healthier and get in the exercise. Make it fun. Challange yourself.

    You can do it. Good luck on your journey to a healhtier and happier you.
    3518 days ago
    It's hard but I lose 70 pounds last year,by exercising and following the fitness and nutrition programs emoticon
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  • no profile photo ALBA06
    it is harder as we get older to lose weight, but not impossible. i know your frustration. do yourself a favor and don't bring home the pizza. best , melissa emoticon emoticon
    3518 days ago
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