Six Weight Loss Tips for Women Over 50

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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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Not Losing Weight on Keto?

Not losing weight on keto?

Have you hit a weight loss plateau? Or perhaps you are not losing weight on keto. 

Keep in mind that the entire goal of this lifestyle is to get healthy first. We are all different. Many people see weight loss right away. Many loose as they go along. And yet others need to heal their body on the inside in order to lose the weight. The body is sort of cool as to how it protects us. You see when we under stress and unhealthy our body holds on to fat, especially in the mid section as a sort of protection. As we heal and begin to use that fat as fuel, the body will slowly begin to thin out.

The scale only gives you a number. Your lack of body weight doesn’t account for all of the good things you have changed on the inside. This is an important point that I learned from Dr. Berg. He says that there are better indicators to look for. And he is 100% correct. When I was in the process of losing my 60 pounds, there was many weeks that I was on a sort of plateau. I didn’t see any change to the scale yet there were many indicators that I was healing my body. 

Loss of inches is a better indicator of weight loss!

You see often the weight loss that you see on the scale is actually water weight. Especially if someone loses more than 2 pounds. Anything over 2 is most likely water weight. So when someone first starts a keto diet, they may lose a lot of water that they have been retaining. This is a good thing because it is a part of healing. As the body heals, this loss of water weight may slow down or even stop. This is NOT the time to quit this way of eating! No! You need to continue and let your body do what it needs to do to help you get healthy.

There are subtle changes that show this way of eating is working. I have listed some that I experienced below. But the biggest indicator was the tape measure around my belly button and the fact that my clothes kept getting loser. 

Here are some of the other indications that I experience…

  • I felt amazing! The energy is over the top and I no longer felt the urge to nap in the afternoon. My energy lasted all day.
  • My clothes continued to get loser.
  • I found that I became more emotionally stable. Meaning I didn’t cry as easily and I handled stress much better.
  • I began sleeping through the night and getting a deeper sleep. I woke up energetic and ready for the day.
  • My chronic sinus problems and many alergies went away.
  • One day I woke up and realized that my knees and joints no longer hurt.

It isn’t about a number on a scale! It’s about the quality of life! Its about how you feel! Its about health and self esteem!

If you are not seeing the scale move but you are seeing some of the other changes than keep pushing on! And don’t quit. 

Keep in mind, it took you years to get unhealthy. You may not see results overnight. But don’t quit on yourself or self sabotage by stressing over a simple number on the scale. If you need to, pack the scale away for a month or two and just let your body heal.

If you struggle with the need to jump on the scale daily and this action in its self stresses you out, then I highly recommend you read Dr. Bergs book, It’s Not Lose Weight to Get Healthy, It’s Get Healthy to Lose Weight.

Please share you experience below: 

Does the scale stress you out? How do you deal with it? 

on the other hand…

For those of you out there that have lost weight on keto, please share some to the indicaters of health that you experience. This may help others.

How to Get Into Ketosis for Weight Loss

I have been following a Ketosis lifestyle for over 4 years now and it has totally changed my life in many ways. I feel amazing at 55 years old and I am in excellent health. I have incredible energy and love life. But the best thing of all is I get to share my weight loss experience with others and help them to be able to learn how to lose weight take their lives back as well.

So today I want to talk about How to get into ketosis for weight loss.

First of all, let’s talk about what ketosis is. Simply, ketoses is a state where your body uses fat for fuel rather than glucose. A Ketosis Diet is very effective for people who are extremely overweight or someone who just wants to lose a few pounds. Following a ketosis diet has helped many people who suffer from type 2 diabetes turn things around and get healthy. I lost 60 pounds myself and my boyfriend, Brian actually reversed his diabetes

How to get into ketosis

When you eliminate carbs and sugars in your diet and instead increase your fats, eventually your body will run out of sugar to use for fuel.  When this happens an amazing switch happens. Rather than use glucose for fuel, you body will use fat instead. This switch is called ketosis. 

You can get into ketosis by lowering your carb intake and upping your fat intake. This means cutting out all the white and beige starchy foods in your life like potatoes, rice, bread and pasta. You also need to cut out anything that turns to sugar quickly once it is eaten. For example, fruits. So starchie veggies and most fruits would be out. On the rare occasions I have fruits, I choose the ones that have the lowest carbs like berries.  I personally keep my carbs below 30 grams a day. The lower you keep your intake of carbs, the more likely you are to get into fat-burning.

On the other hand, you want to up your fat intake by eating more fatty foods like meat, fish, butter, eggs, olives, and avocadoes. And you can eat any vegetables that grow above the ground as these tend to contain less carbs than the root veggies. And don’t be afraid to smother your veggies in olive oil, avocado oil, butter, lard or bacon grease. 

As you make the switch over to eating low carb foods and upping your fat intake you will start to see some changes happen. Sometimes people feel a little sick in the beginning as you are totally changing your lifestyle and way of eating. Many people even experience a keto flu. Just know, this “sick feeling” is only temporary. And will quickly pass. Once you get into ketosis you are going to feel amazing! You will have incredible energy and focus. And you will start to lose weight as well. It really is fun watching your body change as you become fat adapted.

It can take several weeks to get into ketosis. But once you are there, you will begin to see the magic. First of all you will start to notice that you’re clothes are getting loser and you will discover that you are losing weight. You will feel incredible and your appetite will calm down. You will be able to get cravings under control. And this is huge for those who struggle with their relationship with food. When cravings are gone, it is easier to stick with this way of eating. You may not even want any of the other unhealthy crap any more. And your energy will improve. 

How to get into ketosis fast

If you want to get into ketosis fast, you can add intermittent fasting into your low carb lifestyle. This is when you skip a meal or two. When you dont take in food, your body will begin to use your fat stores as fuel. This will put you into ketosis quicker. 

What I have found though is that many people who follow a keto way of eating end up doing intermittent fasting automatically because they simply don’t feel hungry. You see, when you eat more fat and less sugar, your cravings and hunger will go away. So it is easy to skip meals. Often my first meal of the day is dinner. I simply am not hungry. And I don’t think about food all the time like I did when I was a glucose burner.

Some people say that if you up your activity as well while following a low carb diet, you get can into ketosis quicker. And that would make sense to me because when you work out hard, you will use more energy and if there is no glucose to use for fuel, your body will start using your fat reserves for energy.

Hopefully this article has helped people who understand how to get into ketosis. Do you follow a ketosis diet? Do you have any keto tips or experiences you would like to share? Please leave your comment below.

 
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Breaking a Low Carb Weight Loss Plateau

Sometimes when you are losing weight you might experience a plateau or stall in your weight loss. This is normal from time to time. When a weight loss plateau happens it can be frustrating especially if you haven’t hit your goal weight. What happens sometimes with following a low carb diet, the weight drops for a while, even months and then suddenly it is like you hit a brick wall and your weight doesn’t want to move.

The good news is that with a few simple tweaks to what you are doing, you can always break through a low carb plateau and get moving with the weight loss again.

Stress

Stress is probably the number one reason people over 50 see their weight loss stall. What happens is our body wants to protect us when we are stressed so our bodies tend to stop releasing the fat. The best thing to do in this case is to simply relax and not worry so much about the scale.

Eliminating the stress in your life can be helpful. But sometimes it isn’t easy especially if the stress is something created by others or a job. But you can do things that can help you deal with the stress in your life. I like to meditate or simply take a walk. I also find it relaxing to write on my blogs or to read a book. It really is up to you, just try to have some rest and relaxation time in your life.

Eating Too Much

Sometimes after we lose the initial weight we continue to eat the same amount of food as when we were losing weight. But the reality is you will not need to eat as much when you are smaller. By cutting back on your portions you may find that the weight will start to come off again.

Too Many Carbs

Often without being aware of it, you could be adding back more carbs than you realize. It starts with one little addition and the next thing you know, you are knocked out of fat burning. So try to keep your carb intake at 20% or below. For example, I have to really watch how many nuts I eat. They are so yummy and the carbs can add up quickly if I’m not careful. Remember to limit fruit and alcohol as well. They can easily knock you out of ketosis and therefore out of fat loss.

Not Enough Salt

This was a problem for me. I quickly realized that one thing processed food have an abundance of that “real food” doesn’t is sodium. And I was lacking it. So I found that by drinking bone broth every day will help me up my sodium intake. I also do a shot of pickle juice in the morning and at night. I know it probably sounds a little gross, but it does help.

I also like to add pink Himalayan salt to my veggies and meats as it helps to give me more trace minerals like that I may be missing like potassium and magnesium, iron and calcium.

Not Enough Water

This is another one that was hard for me. But you need to drink a lot of water in order to keep your body hydrated. I like to add Stevia Water enhancers to my filtered water. Just by having a bit a flavor I find it is much easier for me to drink more water.

I also make sure I have a cup of hot fresh lemon water daily as a detox.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

I’ve always been a good sleeper, but many folks struggle with getting a good night sleep. Most of the fat burning happens at night when we are sleeping. So it is important to get your full 7 to 9 hours daily.

Eating Too Much Protein

The great thing about a low carb diet is you get to eat lots of proteins but sometimes you can go overboard. so if you notice that you have hit a plateau take a look at how much protein you are eating daily. Just scaling back a bit may get you back into fat loss.

Eat When You’re Hungry

It is important to listen to your body. Those who use glucose for energy need to eat often as they will lose fuel and need more sugar and carbs for energy. But that isn’t the case for those of us who use fat for fuel. It is important to only eat when you feel hungry and stop eating when you are full.

You may notice that you might only need one or two meals a day. Sometimes it is easy to get back into old habits of using food as a crutch. The great thing about low carb, high fat is that it is easier to overcome the habit of snacking throughout the day.

Incorporate Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is something that people have been doing for years. While you are fasting you are giving your body a chance to rest the digestive system. It can be very healing to your body and mind. If it sounds hard then keep in mind your already fast every day. If you eat breakfast then you are actually breaking the fast from the last time you ate the night before. This is why it is called breakfast. You can learn more about intermittent fasting here.

Track Your Ketone Levels

Most people can tell when they are in Ketosis, however, sometimes it is difficult to tell. I like to use ketone strips as a way to check and make sure I am still in ketosis.

Go No Carb (Carnivore Diet) for a few Days

Sometimes making an extreme change can help to kick-start your weight loss and help you to get past your plateau. If you like eating meat and fish, then this may be a good option for you.

What is the No Carb Diet Plan?

A Final comment:

Sometimes our bodies know what is a good weight for us to be at. I started at just under 200 lbs and wanted to get down to 135. I felt like for my height that would be a good weight. My body decided that 144 is my comfortable weight. I have been sitting at this size for the last year and a half. I feel good at this weight. I feel healthy here. So I decided to just listen to my body and be happy with my current weight. That may be your situation as well.

So now it is your turn. What are some of the tricks that you use to push through a weight loss plateau? I would love to hear from you. Just leave a comment below.

Lemon Water And Weight Loss

Drink more lemon waterWater is so important in keeping you properly hydrated and healthy. And it is especially important to drink enough water while you are dieting as water will help you feel full, and will help improve your metabolic rate. So it may help you to burn more fat. Plus water just makes you feel better and you look better.

One of my biggest struggles when I first started eating a high fat, low carb diet was drinking more water. Water just seemed so boring after so many years of drinking juices and soda.

I decided that I need to make my water taste better so I would want to drink more of it. And so I started using only filtered water because it tastes so much better than the tap water and I began to add sliced lemons to my water. And drinking water suddenly becomes easier. Now I crave my lemon water when I don’t have it.

I have learned that drinking lemon water has other benefits besides making your water taste better.

Benefits of drinking lemon water

  • Lemon water is great for your digestive system. It keeps you hydrated and regular.
  • Adding lemon to your water gives you an extra dose of vitamin c and other minerals. And this gives a great lift to the immune system.
  • Lemon water helps to alkalize your body. Actually once a day I make a lemon and apple cider vinegar cocktail.
  • It helps to reduce hunger because you feel full longer.
  • Drinking more water can help improve your metabolic rate. So you will burn fat faster.
  • Warm lemon water is soothing in the morning. I also like to sip on warm lemon water at night when it is chilly outside.
  • A tall glass of ice cold lemon water in the summer is very refreshing.
  • Drinking lemon water makes your skin look more radiant.

If you want a bit of fizz, then you may want to try some lemon is some plain soda water. I love it because I feel like I am drinking a fancy sparkling soda, but I don’t have to worry about sugar or artificial sweeteners.

So if you want to drink more water every day try adding a bit of lemon to the water and see how much better it will taste.

 

8 Pitfalls To Avoid When Eating A Low Carb High Fat Diet

It is more difficult for women over fifty to loose weight but you can have big time success with a low carb high fat diet. It actually has been the only thing to work for me.

I’ve been eating a low carb, high fat diet for 9 weeks now and although I am no expert, I am loosing weight. And over the last few weeks I have learned a few tips that I wanted to share with you. But I most especially wanted to share with you some of the pitfalls that you should avoid when wanting to lose weight on a lchf diet.

8 Pitfalls to Avoid When Eating A Low Carb High Fat Diet

1. Not Planning Ahead: If you know you will be gone for the day, I suggest packing a lunch. This will make it super easy to have the right food available for when you are hungry. Keep in mind,most fast food restaurants don’t have low carb high fat food available. So it would be really easy to eat food in high carbs.

If you don’t pack a lunch at least make sure you have some quick snacks available if you need it. I always have some nuts in my purse and a bag of pork rinds in my car just in case I’m hungry and don’t have anything to eat.

2. Eating just to eat: This was the weirdest thing for me, because I was programmed over the years to graze throughout the day. So it seemed that I would always be snacking on something. But I never really was hungry. I would eat, just to eat.

The good thing about a high fat, low carb diet is that you will be full longer and will learn to eat when you are hungry. Just be aware and don’t let old habits get the best of you. Don’t snack if you aren’t hungry. The desire to eat is gone, but I do find

3. Not eating enough fat: Eating protein is easy, but what you really need to eat is more fat. The more fat you eat, the more weight you will lose.

But be sure to eat monounsaturated fats like avocado oil or olive oil. Also Eat fatty fish and meat and butter. Avoid corn, sunflower or canola oil. Your body won’t absorb them as well and you will not see results on the scale.

4. Obsessing about amount of weight lost: Speaking of the scale, don’t make yourself crazy expecting the numbers to drop. If you are following the plan, I promise, the weight will come off. But it is different for everyone. If you find you are stressing over it, then just check the scale once a week or even less often. Heck, eliminate the scale altogether. You will know if you are losing or not, simply by how your clothes fit.

5. Eating Too Much Fruit: Fruit is so sweet and tempting. But it is full of sugar. If you want to get great results, don’t eat it until you hit your goal. If you must eat it, choose berries as they have much less carbs.

6. Expecting Quick Results: Understand that it took years to put on the weight and it will take time to come off. So don’t get discouraged. For me, I lost about 2 lbs a week the first 8 weeks then it slowed down to about 1-1 and a half weeks.

7. Beer:  I added this because it is the one thing I really miss. I love drinking IPA beers, especially when hanging out with friends. But beer is the worst! I mean it has so many carbs. So if I must drink, I choose spirits instead with some soda water. Most spirits have zero sugars.

Read More about Drinking Alcohol On a Low Carb Diet Here

8. Water:  The most important thing you can do on a lchf diet is to drink lots of filtered water. It helps to cleans your system and help you feel full longer. Water makes your still look healthier and you will feel great.

Now that you know what not to do, here are some tips of what to do on a hflc diet.

Want to Start a Low Carb High Fat Diet? Here’s my Tips.

Are you on a lchf diet? What where some of the pitfalls you encountered?