The Best Way To Lose Weight For Mature Women

Losing Abdominal Fat

Concerned about the extra pounds settling around your waistline? Wondering what’s the best way to lose weight for a woman over 50?

Weight gain during the transition of menopause is very common. Studies have shown that most women gain an average of 12- 15 pounds during this phase of life.

Our body configuration changes to more of an apple shape as we deposit the extra weight around our abdominal area.

If that isn’t enough of a challenge, our metabolism decreases by 5% per decade from menopause to end of life.

We all know that obesity has negative affects on our health. But did you know that when a woman gains weight during midlife she markedly increases her risk of breast cancer and diabetes?

A study (Eliassen, JAMA, 2006) that followed 50,000 nurses over a 2 year period found women who gained 22 pounds or more following menopause had significantly higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Another study (Mishra, Diabetes Care< 2007) of 7000 women aged 45- 50 found that those with a BMI (body mass index) of 25 or greater greatly increased their risk of developing diabetes.

On a more positive note, women over 50 who change their lifestyles and eating habits can successfully lose weight and keep it off. They’ve found the best way to lose weight at this stage of life.

What to do to lose Weight
So what do these women do differently?

  • They eat a relatively low fat diet and watch their portions thereby limiting calorie consumption.
  • They have a set eating plan or routine which surprisingly does not include a lot of variety. Why? They’ve developed the healthy habit of eating to live instead of living to eat.
  • They regularly include nutrients in their diet that are helpful to post menopausal women.
  • They allow for small splurges and plan them in advance.
  • They start their day with a simple, healthy breakfast to jump start their metabolism.
  • They keep their blood sugar level throughout the day by eating 4 – 5 times. Small portions.
  • They’re active. These women realize what they’ve done in the past is no longer working. They’ve adapted their activity and exercise for this stage of life.
  • To stay on track they monitor their progress on a regular basis.
  • Through trail and correction, they’ve learned what works for them and… they do it day after day after day.

Change Begins In The Mind

Want to join the ranks of trim, vibrant, mature women? Think of menopause as a new beginning. Accept the physical and emotional challenges of this stage of life as natural.

See yourself looking and feeling good as you continue to age. Find this difficult? Find role models in friends or people in the public eye. Use pictures to remind yourself it is possible. Create a wellness vision for this phase of your life.

Realize you are more grounded, accomplished, and wiser than you were in your 20’s. Give yourself credit. Then…

Use those hard-earned smarts and approach weight loss in a healthy, balanced manner. Be realistic. It’s the best way to lose weight and keep it off.

Finding Your Best Way To Lose Weight…


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Simple Anti Aging Diet Tips

Follow these anti aging diet tips and make this one of the best times of your life.

You’ve worked hard, maybe raised a family, built friendships and have some wonderful memories. What now?

Getting older is a part of life, but it doesn’t need to mean disability and disease. Countless studies have shown we have tremendous control over how we age. Your diet is a big part of that picture. Eat healthy, age well. Eat poorly, age fast. Which will you choose?

An anti aging diet helps protect your heart and mind, keep your body strong, your energy high and your skin glowing. And…

It doesn’t have to be mind boggling! You can make eating healthy a natural part of your life by following this simple anti aging advice…

The Anti Aging Diet Guidelines

Remember to enjoy the journey to the new you. Focus on preparing foods that taste good to you while developing your anti aging diet by following these guidelines…

1. Color Your World – Starting With Your Plate

At lunch and again at dinner, fill half your plate with fruits and veggies. The more colorful they are, the more age-defying antioxidants they contain.

As we age, our body makes fewer antioxidants, to stay youthful, we need to consume more in our diet.

Trying to lose weight? Fruits and veggies are also high in fiber and water, making you feel full faster.

2. Choose Healthy Fats

Healthy fats are an integral part of an anti aging diet. One type of healthy fats, Omega 3’s, have been shown to help boost energy and maintain memmory. Literally thousands of published medical articles show their effect in relieving or preventing heart disease, colon cancer and arthritis.

Want softer, smoother skin, shiny hair and strong nails? Omega 3’s help with these as well.

How do you put more health producing fats and less disease causing ones in your diet?

  • Use oilive oil and/or canola oil in your cooking instead of butter or other types of oils.
  • Replace unhealthy snacks with an ounce of nuts such as almonds, pecans or walnuts. Add them to recipes.
  • Eat cold water fish such as salmon, tuna, rainbow trout, cod and halibut.
  • When you filling half your plate with produce, choose leavy greens. Slip them into sandwhiches.
  • Having a salad? Sprinkle some flaxseeds on it. Or add flax seeds to cereals, soups and other recipes.

3. Choose Healthy Carbs

In addition to lots of fruits and vegetables, eat whole grains. Brown rice, wild rice, oats and whole grain breads and pastas for example. Healthy carbs keep your blood sugar level, help prevent colon cancer and aide in weight loss.

On the other hand, white breads and pastas, processed baked goods and sugar promote disease and inflammation. They leave you feeling tired and because they lack fiber, cause you to eat more.

4. Eat Smaller and Slower

Aa we age our stomach muscles becomes less stretchable; and our intestines lose strength, causing food to move more slowly through our digestive track. This is not the time for all-you-can-eat buffets, binging or greasy meals. Your gut isn’t as forgiving as it use to be!

To create good gut feelings and a healthy, energetic body think smaller and slower. Eat 3 smaller meals and 2 snacks each day. Take time to chew your food. This not only helps you eat less, it allows the digestive enzymes in your saliva time to break down your food.

Developing Anti Aging Diet Habits

Changing habits takes commitment. However… there are many, many people who have successfuly changed their eating habits. Because they did, they feel energized, younger, healthier and have less pain. They’re able to keep up with their kids or gradnkids and are out doing what they enjoy. You can experience these healthy eating benefits too.

Start by making a few small changes each week. Choose 1 or 2 things from the list below and begin your anti aging diet plan today…

  • Shop for 1 or 2 whole grain products and throw away 1 or 2 of the unhealthy white products you currently have.
  • Buy walnut oil and mix it with balsamic vinegar to make a vinegrette dressing for salads.
  • Buy some flax seeds and sprikle them on your cereal this week.
  • Purchase some almonds, walnuts or pecans. Divide them into 1 oz portions and keep them on hand for snacks.
  • Plan 2 seafood dinners this week using salmon, tuna or another cold water fish.
  • Buy some blueberries or other fruit and top your cereal with them or eat them as a snack.
  • Find one or two healthy veggie recipes this week, get the ingredients and make them.

Don’t want to go it alone?…

A Little Help With Your Anti Aging Diet

There are many ways to get the support you need and be successful in creating the healthy, vibrant life you want…

Remind Yourself of your goal to eat healthy. Subscribe to healthy eating newsletters or sign up for a free course on healthy eating. Place pictures of healthy foods in your home or office to remind you.

Prepare yourself for success. Collect healthy eating recipes that appeal to you. Add the ingredients to your shopping list. Schedule the days that you will prepare them.

Get support. If you have friends or family members who eat healthy ask them to support you. Don’t have anyone you know who eats healthy? Read books like Thin For Life by Anne M. fletcher, M.S., R.D. It’s filled with real life success stories. Or enlist the help of a wellness coach by signing up for a free 30 minute consultation.

Reward yourself. Celebrate every small change you make along the way. Treat yourself to some small non-food pleasure.

A Different Point Of View

In addition ot changing our diets, maybe we should start changing our thinking. An anti-aging diet? Who doesn’t age? People who die young. Not exactly a goal to aspire to.

How about a longevity diet? One that creates a long and healthy life. Beyond that, here are some other longevity tips for aging gracefully…

Move.The best medicine for many of the conditions that affect us as we age is exercise. Women who are active live longer and better. Something as simple as a walking program can add healthy years to you life.

Take care of your skin. Following a longevity diet will nourish your skin from the inside. Be sure to also drink enough water or caffeine-free fluids (8 to 10 glasses per day). Use a humidifier during winter months to help keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

Unwind. Your body needs balance. Too little stress and you become weak, too much and you become sick. Practice some form of relaxation. Take time to do things you love. Now that you’re eating healthy, you’ll have the energy!