Six Weight Loss Tips for Women Over 50

weight loss tips for women over fifty
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Today I want to share some of my weight loss tips for women over 50. As a weight loss counselor, I get to see and hear about all the frustrations that women of a certain age struggle with when losing weight.

Here are my Six Weight loss tips for older women:

But more importantly I can share with you what really is effective in losing weight. And since I am over fifty and have kicked my weight to the curb, I can share with you what works and what doesn’t work.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Just so you know, women typically don’t lose weight as quickly as men do. And You may NOT lose weight as quickly as the young folks. You must accept this fact or you are just going to frustrate yourself and end up not being successful.

So don’t try to compare yourself to others. There is no race. This is your own personal journey.  But you can and will lose the weight. And when you do, you will feel amazing. So be sure to focus on health and not the scale. I suggest you only weigh yourself once a week.

It All Comes Down To Sugar

You must eliminate sugar in your diet. I know I beat a dead horse about this, but there is no way around it. If you cut the carbs and lower your sugar intake you lower your insulin which makes your body use your own fat for energy.

It is important to understand which foods are high in sugar so you know which ones to avoid. A good place to start is to avoid all sweets. I know it isn’t simple to stop eating sugar, but if you want to get healthy and lose weight and avoid illness down the road this is something you need to do.

It is important to eliminate sugary drinks like soda and juice. Instead, reach for filtered water. If you have a hard time drinking plain water, try sparkling water or adding a drop or two of Stevia water enhancers. Don’t use drops that are made with artificial sweeteners like sweet and low or Splenda.

Instead, go with natural sweeteners like Stevia or erythritol or xylitol. I carry Liquid Stevia in my purse. Stevia is natural and comes from the leaf of the Stevia plant. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol. I tend to only use this for baking sugar free deserts. And another new favorite is xylitol. This sweetener is also a sugar alchohol and it is often used as a sweetener for some sugar free hard candies.

You also should avoid all bread and wheat. This was probably the hardest thing for me as I really enjoyed a nice slice of hard bread with butter. But I realized that the bread had too much sugar and was making me fat. So I completely cut it out. It wasn’t easy. You will also want to eliminate pasta, rice and oats.

If you want to learn more about grain and its effects on your body and mental health, I highly recommend you read the book Grain Brain.

I also suggest cutting out potatoes and root veggies as they tend to have more carbs. Stick with the veggies that grow above the ground. A bit of onion or garlic is fine though.

Don’t Be Afraid of Fat

Don’t be afraid to eat more fat. When choosing ground beef, buy the cheaper ones that have more fat. And go for the higher fat cuts of meat. They tend to be more tender anyway. Also, keeps the skin on your chicken. Add butter to your fish. Fat is good. Just stay away from the bad fats like margarine, vegetable oil, canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil.

I highly recommend Fat: A Documentary

Stop Drinking Alcohol

You really need to avoid alcohol especially in the beginning because alcohal slows down weight loss. So I suggest avoiding it especially in the beginning. You may decide to add alcohol back into your diet once you have hit your goal. However, If you feel that you must drink, I suggest reading: Drinking on a Low Carb Diet. This post will give you an idea of the worst and best alcoholic drinks while following a low carb lifestyle. But in the beginning especially just don’t do it.

Supplements make a difference

This way, you can be sure you are not missing any important vitamins or minerals. I suggest taking a quality multivitamin daily.

Most vitamins are full of synthetic chemicals made in the label. Make sure you choose a good non-synthetic vitamin made for women 50+ like NATURELO Whole Food Multivitamin for Women. These are non-genetically modified, soy free and gluten free.

Get Weight Loss Support

Make sure you have a great support system at home. Surround yourself with people who are not going to sabotage your success. Sometimes this can be difficult especially if your enabler is your spouse or another close relative. If this is the case, you need to have a heart-to-heart with them. Let them know why it is important to you to be healthier.

Many people find it helpful to partner with a health and wellness coach or health Tudor. A health Tudor can help you with mindset. They will hold you to the carpet and give you the loving accountability that you need. It will help you realize how may have been letting weight loss excuses hold you back in the past. It is nice knowing someone is in your corner.


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Best Diets That Work

I was reading a comment on a blog that I follow where the person stated, “I haven’t found a diet that works for me.” And I realized that many people feel the same. People are looking for the best diets that work. Guest what? Even though there are many diets out there, you will not find one that works in the long term.

Let’s face it. As a nation, we are obese! And we are all looking for that easy way out. We are looking for a diet pill or shake. Really we are looking for a magic potion to make us thin again.

Stop looking for a diet! Diets don't work!
Stop looking for a diet! Diets don’t work!

In the article below I will explain to you why you have been struggling to lose weight and why being healthy goes hand in hand with weight loss.

It is more of a mindset than anything else. If you can fix your relationship with food, you can lose the weight.

Changing your relationship with food is simply when we eat food to nourish our body, rather than making us feel better. Often without even realizing it, we eat simply because we can.

For example, one day when I was first trying to lose weight, I noticed that I was eating some potato chips. I wasn’t even aware what I was doing. I had just about eaten half a bag. But the scary part was that I wasn’t even hungry. I was eating these chips simply because they were there.

This mindless eating is what got me fat. It made me realize that I was out of control and needed to make a change. But change didn’t come easily because I couldn’t simply quit. And this lack of control with food made feel feel like a total loser.

You see certain foods like highly processed foods and carbs are extremely addictive. It is difficult to simply quit eating them.

When many people feel out of control with their weight and diet, they want to do a “diet” and diets are restrictive. They make you feel like you have to be perfect. And the truth is that no one is perfect. Yet, when we do diets and they don’t work, we feel like big fat failures.

This is why diets don’t work.

But the good news is you can get healthy and feel in control as you lose weight by changing your relationship with food.

How do I change my relationship with food?

Educate yourself by learning the science of how your body uses nutrition to thrive. When you do this, you will quickly realize that most of the foods in stores are not even “real food”. And this crap that we eat is what is making us fat.

It is important to realize that carbs and sugar which comes from processed foods are what is making us fat and not well.

Once you realize that the food you eat is making you sick, you can start to eat healthier foods.

If you are struggling with your weight, please know it isn’t your fought and you are not alone. There is lots of support out there for those who are looking to finally find a solution.

In order to lose weight, you need to be ready to make a lifestyle change. A health coach can help you know where to start.

As a health coach, I am currently taking on new clients. My rates are very reasonable and I offer one on one counseling over the phone or Skype.

If you want to learn more about working with me, you can contact me a wendy@fatlossatfifty.com to set up a free consultation.

I will share with you how I lost 60 pounds and have help many others do the same. It is not about finding diets that work. It is about finding a healthy lifestyle and loving yourself!

You got this!

~Wendy

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Steps To Overcome Emotional Eating

The first step to overcome emotional eating is to acknowledge that you have a problem with food.

For me, I knew I had a problem with food, but when it came to changing my behavior, I focused on diet and what I was eating. But the process of losing weight and getting healthy, forced me to really look at my relationship with food and I realized I had a problem.

There are different types of emotional eating and everyone does it. For example: When someone dies and we visit the loved ones, we often feel the need to bring some sort of meal or food as we pay our respects. For some reason we think giving them food will make them feel better.

You see we use food to make us feel better when we are sad. We use food to celebrate things as well. That’s why you can always find cake and alcohol at weddings. And this is something that everyone does. We all use food emotionally.

This is how we have been programmed since we were kids. I remember being a small child and realizing that when I got a boo boo, my Mommy would give me a cookie so I would stop crying. So I learned that food fixed the boo boo. Later as an adult, I found that I reached for food when I felt adult emotions.

But for some us, it isn’t just about using food to feel better, Some of us are emotional eaters and often feel out of control.

How do you know if you are an emotional eater? Think about the last time you had something to eat that you later regretted eating. What emotional state were you in? Where you stressed, sad or depressed. Without realizing it. emotional eaters use food to feel better on the inside.

I remember when I was working as a retail manager, I worked very long shifts on my feet. I was often to busy to take a lunch break and my job in general was very stressful. Some days I was stressed out to the max. I remember the moment I had a problem with stress eating. It was when I was food shopping and I saw that Hershey Kisses were on sale. As I reached for them, the thought “I deserve this!” was in my head. I purchased them and later asked myself why. Because of course I don’t deserve to eat all this sugar if I’m trying to get healthy and lose weight.

I realized that I was looking to make myself feel better, just like my mom did when I had a boo boo as a child.

We are all different and we all use food in different ways to help us feel better.

But how do you overcome emotional eating while you are working on getting healthy and eating better?

The Second Step is to Love Yourself more than you Love Food!

This is when we really get honest with ourselves and realize what we are doing. Think about the action of eating food emotionally and looking to “feel better”. Do you actually feel better after you eat the bowl of ice cream or an entire pizza? Most often we feel awful and wish we didn’t have it at all. We wish we had more control over food.

This is when we need to accept that food isn’t going to make us feel better at all. Yes it may for a moment, but not for long. We can say no to crap food when we focus on loving our self enough that we want to be healthy and live longer and not be on medications.

When people are stressed or sad or lonely, they don’t reach for celery and carrots to eat. No, they more than likely reach for unhealthy foods packed with carbs and sugar.

For me, sugar was my drug. This is Soooo addictive. It just makes you crave more and more And then you feel like crap. This is very frustrating. But once you realize that these foods do you no good you can begin to get a little of control. You can love yourself more than you love the sugar.

The Third Step Eat a Low Carb Diet

When you eliminate sugar and carbs from your diet, the cravings will go away and you will feel much better. When there isn’t the spike in insulin, caused by high carb foods, you will feel like you are more in control and your cravings will go away. A Keto or low carb diet is perfect for emotional eaters!

The Fourth Step is to Avoid Triggers

Stress!

Avoiding stress can be difficult as it can come in many forms. It can be an unavoidable crisis or a daily stressful day. But stress can trigger eating to feel better.

If you are triggered by stress caused by work or a spouse or a sick relative, it will be difficult to avoid. But you can really take time to look at the situation and see if there is a way to eliminate some stress. For example, just taking time away from the situation can help. When I was stressed with my job, I decided that my health was more important that being stressed by things I couldn’t control. But I started to make changes with the things that I could control. I started to say NO to people! I started putting myself first. I no longer skipped my lunch like I did in the past and started spending my lunch break meditating and listening to music. It helped me to be more calm and make better choices. What can you do to make your life less stressful?

Social Pressure!

Every time you turn around there is another holiday and always unhealthy food. When out with family and friends you are encouraged to eat and drink all the bad stuff. You will need to figure out what works for you.

Habits/Boredom

Sometimes we eat just to eat or because it is what we have always done. When I was my heaviest, I would have a bowl of ice cream nightly while watching TV. I didn’t eat it because I was hungry. I ate it simply because it was a habit. And it was a difficult habit to break. But once I realized what I was doing, I was able to make a change. You can too. This is about figuring out what works for you. Now, instead of watching TV, I read in bed (where I don’t eat).

Hire a Health Coach who Specializes in helping with Emotional Eating

Let’s face it, losing weight and getting healthy isn’t easy. This is freaking hard. I know because I did it. But I was lucky enough to have a partner as Brian and I did it together. He had me and I had him. We all need that person to remind us we are loved and doing great. And we need that person to point out when we are using excuses or going back to the old way of thinking. I always felt lucky and blessed to not feel alone in my weight loss journey.

Helping others lose weight has become my passion over that last few years, because I don’t want anyone to ever feel alone or defeated in their journey to get healthy. This is why I have been working as a weight loss counselor for the last 2 years and now am privately offering private health coaching.

A health coach can help with educating you on how your body works so you can get healthy. They can help with a meal plan and offer support. But a counselor can provide one on one counseling which will help you with your relationship with food and emotional eating. He or she can help give you the tools and support you need to long term health and success.

If you have been struggling with emotional eating, you are not alone! I hope you found this post helpful. Please share your story below, I’d love to connect with you.

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How Can I Get Motivated to Lose Weight?

How to get motivated to lose weight

In America 33% of adults are overweight and many of them are over 50. We all know that being overweight isn’t good as it is a symptom of many health issues. Some of those health issues are type 2 diabetes, acid re flux, sleep apnea, joint pain, high blood pressure. And these are just a few.

The bottom line is when people lose weight, they tend to get healthy. As a weight loss counselor, I work with lots of overweight and obese people. I have seen people get amazing results just by losing 20 to 50 pounds. And it’s not just about eliminating medications and eliminating sickness and getting healthy, it’s about getting your life back!

When someone gets healthy, they feel amazing in their skin. It’s almost like being a new person. You have more energy. Your clothes fit better. You may even feel sexier!

So how can I get motivated to lose weight?

You need to make 3 lists:

“How important is my health?”
  1. List what it feels like to be in your skin now. For example:
  2. List what your future will look like in 20 years if you don’t change. (Be honest with yourself)
  3. List what your future would look like if you were healthy and lost the weight you needed to lose.

Your lists may look something like this….

It’s really about being completely honest with yourself. You need to really take your head out of the sand and realize what your future holds.

The good news is we can reverse some damage and get healthy at any age! When you realize that you must change then you are ready to get started.

The most important thing I want you to know, is that it really isn’t so much about losing weight. You see weight gain is a symptom of something else going on. So I like to help people focus on nutrition and healing the inside of their body. When we focus on nutrition and not the scale, the weight will naturally come off. And you will feel amazing. You will most likely have more energy, less joint pain, sleep better and more.

It’s also about your life with your family….

Take the time and really have a heart-to-heart with yourself. Understand that you must change! And change can be scary. I know because I have been there.

But if you have decided to make a change and take your health back, you should take action now. Find a program that works for you where you also have support all the way through maintenance.

I highly recommend working with a health coach!

A health coach can provide a healthy plan, walk you through that plan step by step, support you. When I coach people, I also provide counseling to help folks with their relationship with food. Often we eat emotionally and not because we are hungry. I can help you change how you look at food. You will never feel alone with your health struggles.

If you would like to work with me, please email me with your contact information. Also provide some background information and why you feel like you are ready to make yourself a priority in your life!

To Work With Wendy and set up a Free Consultation email me at wendy@fatlossatfifty.com or contact me through Facebook.

The bottom line is, motivation is within. You need to decide what your future holds. Only you can take action! I wish you all the best!

Please comment below: How do you get motivated to lose weight?

How a Health and Wellness Coach Can Help You Lose Weight

Many people over the age of fifty struggle with their weight and often many health issues.  And sadly, most health care providers only want to treat the problem by putting you on prescriptions. Or they may tell you to lose a few pounds, but they don’t tell you how. 

And it isn’t that they don’t want to. They just don’t have the time to ask you all the important questions about your diet, exercise routine or stress level. They often only have about 15 minutes with you every 6 month or so. All they really have time to do is to simply suggest that you may want to drop a few pounds.

And so, if you are like many people, you try to lose weight on your own, which doesn’t work because if you don’t understand why you are overweight in the first place, you will not be able to fix the problem. 

I did yo-yo dieting for years myself. I listened to all the advice out there. It sounded so easy to simply eat healthier and cut calories. But this didn’t work for me. I found that even if I lost some weight, it would often come back.

It is frustrating for people because they know that if they don’t get the weight under control, they will most likely be dealing with one or more health issues. I know because I see it everyday when I counsel people who are struggling with their weight.

It’s never just about the weight…It’s about so much more…

  • Self-image: Hates how they look naked, Feels embarrass by their weight
  • Being uncomfortable: Out of breath, knees and joints hurt
  • Being physically exhausted:  Need a nap in the afternoon, can’t sleep at night
  • Feeling out of control: not being able to stick to a diet, cravings for sugar or carbs or salty snacks
  • All the various health issues: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue syndrome, high cholesterol, Joint problems

This is where health and wellness coaching is extremely helpful.

As a health and wellness coach, my approach is to be a sort of detective and figure out what is the cause of the weight gain. You see, weight issues are not the problem. Obesity is a symptom of something else that is going on. Once we figure out the cause of the weight gain, we can fix it.

So, I specialize in using nutrition to get the body healthy. When the first focus is health, the weight will naturally come off.

As a weight loss counselor, I help people to learn to make their health a priority and to do it guilt free. Many people, women especially have a difficult time putting themselves first. But often the result of putting themselves on the back burner has resulted in being in a very unhealthy place.

With the help of a health coach, people realize that they are not alone. The coaching and support is is often the one thing that can help people finally get the results they need. More importantly it is nice knowing that you have support and you are not alone in this lifestyle change.

And yes, it is a lifestyle change. Once someone gets healthy and loses weight through good nutrition, they will never want to go back to eating the way they used to. Its about staying healthy and living longer.

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