7 Powerful Tips to Lose Weight After 50

What you’ve been taught about weight loss is mostly wrong. Here are seven powerful tips to lose weight after 50. These will help you not only lose weight but look and feel better too.

These weight loss tips are based on science and research. Losing weight after 50 can be a challenge and it is not because you are lazy, unmotivated, or even that you eat too much.

Most women I know, really want to eat healthy and look good. The problem is that the traditional methods and advice do not work. In addition, we’ve been taught that it is almost impossible to lose weight after 50.

August 2020 Update

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 2 years since I wrote this post. I wanted to let you know that this stuff works and it can work for long-term. At 58, I look and feel my best ever.

P.S. I’ve put a video on the end if you want to see what I look and sound like now.

P.P.S. Since I wrote the original post, I’ve become a certified life and weight loss coach. Schedule a free 30-minute call to see if working with me can help you finally lose the extra weight for good.

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August 2020

It is NOT impossible to lose weight after 50 and it really is up to you to understand why what you’ve been doing doesn’t work and what you can do instead.

New post is up now! Have You Lost Hope You Can Lose Weight After 50? I want you to have hope!

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Here’s what happens. Depending on your body, some of you can get away with a lot of things until a certain age. But then, it seems like you gain a few pounds every year.

Gaining weight each decade becomes your new normal!

Most women accept that being heavier or fatter when they are older is simply normal.

However, it doesn’t have to be your normal!

Is it Harder to Lose Weight After 50?

If you think of your body like a computer, and it’s metabolic processes are very computer-like, then think of foods that make you gain weight, as malware you are constantly putting in your system.

Over time, your body adapts to some extent to having too much energy put into it by storing it in your fat. Most people think that is all that is happening.

The effects are much worse and they can be difficult to reverse. That’s why it can seem more difficult to lose weight after 50.

What happens is that the hormones that deal with your hunger, how you store and use fat, and how your body handles blood sugar all go haywire.

Your hormones quit working the way they were designed to work. You eat more than you need. You don’t feel full even after you’ve eaten plenty. You feel hungry too soon and too often. Your body stores fat like crazy.

What you've been taught about weight loss is mostly wrong. Here are seven powerful tips to lose weight after 50. These will help you not only lose weight but look and feel better too.

Weight Loss for Women Over 50

What we’ve all been taught is right, is mostly wrong. Using bad information, we try to make work, what never worked in the first place.

Low-fat diets, I’m looking at you!

You’ve been sold a lot of fat-producing ideas. The grocery store is filled with food that is designed to override your body’s natural signals.

As I said, you eat when you aren’t hungry. You eat way too much and too often. And you store fat, even if you aren’t overeating.

This is because the food, most people eat, screws up our body, our metabolism, and our health.

The good news is that being a healthy weight, looking great and feeling good is not impossible and I’ve got 7 tips to lose weight after 50 to get your started.

Is it too late to lose weight?

These tips aren’t that difficult, but they may challenge your thinking.

If you have given up, thinking you have seen your best days in the past, that will not help you a bit.

At 58, I really feel my best and I definitely look my best. I don’t look back at me at any age and think I looked better.

Okay, that might not be true for all of you. But still—I love that I can be over 50 and think it’s my best time ever.

The key to that sentence is that I think it’s my best time ever—I feel I look my best right now at this age.

I don’t have any assessment to tell me that. However, because how I feel about myself is reflected in my energy, in my eyes, in my attitude—other people seem to think so too!

And the other good news is that you don’t have to try and match any artificial expectations. You don’t have to be skinny.

You just need to be a weight and size that you feel good at. I don’t feel comfortable in a bikini, or really ANY bathing suit. But I can find lots of other clothing that makes me feel great.

If you feel overweight, even losing a size or two can boost your confidence.

Tips to Lose Weight After 50

So here the ways to lose weight after 50 that I have used myself.

Sometimes people will say life isn’t worth living if you have to give up this or that.

That’s silly talk. Life is worth living when you love the body you have, it feels great, and you can do all the things you love to do.

Remember, you can’t do the same things you’ve always been doing and expect results you like better.

You have to change things up!

Set the intention to lose weight

Right on the heels of believing it is possible to lose weight, you have to set the intent. You can’t do the same thing you’ve been doing and expect to lose weight. Trust me, I try this all the time.

I hate diets and dieting, so I am a huge fan of “not dieting” but making changes that help me manage my weight.

I’m not skinny and I wasn’t built for skinny. But I do like being active and feeling comfortable in how my body looks.

Not many people can eat anything they want, anytime they want and keep their weight in a healthy-for-them range.

A few months ago, my weight began creeping up because, I wasn’t doing anything conscious to keep it where I like it.

Part of the reason was that my life is really busy right now with work, family, and travel. I haven’t been cooking much or preparing food ahead of time.

In addition, I was nibbling on candy and snacks at work. I was eating the bread at restaurants. I was drinking coffee in the morning that was the nutritional equivalent of a milkshake.

I was eating late at night. I was only exercising sporadically and not doing the things I know work.

You name it. I was breaking every rule I had!

However, from the moment I set the intent to lose this extra weight, I began making better decisions and within a few days, I felt better, and my body felt better.

My decisions to help lose weight were:

  • To not eat bread, candy, or other insulin-raising foods and snacks.
  • To do my short high-intensity workouts three times a week.
  • To do easier exercise routines the rest of the week.
  • To fast after dinner and not eat until my first meal of the next day.
  • To add more variety to my meals in terms of vegetables and protein.

Even though I have had a nice weight and body for years, it’s still possible to get off-track. When I really took a look, it was obvious why I was gaining weight.

And it wasn’t because of my age! It was my not having any conscious intention to manage my weight.

Be mindful, conscious, and definitely set the intention.

Move your body

My second tip is to move. And by move, I mean just move. You don’t have to run a marathon, join Cross Fit, or do anything hardcore.

Walk a couple of miles a day. Do a little yoga or Pilates. Dance to your own tune. But move every day. Get your breathing going.

I have found walking to be really effective if I do 3 miles almost daily. In addition to that, I add some strength exercises—nothing major but specific exercises for my legs, arms, and chest that walking doesn’t get.

I love walking in all kinds of places. These days I’m exploring city parks, gardens, and arboretums on the weekend. I get a good walk in and get to be in nature.

In addition, I’ve found that higher intensity workouts a couple of times a week really help too.

To be honest, I go for things that make me feel good. I don’t like pain or too much intensity. But moving on a regular basis feels great. And I truly look better and maintain my weight when I’m exercising on a regular basis.

Even with my moderate exercise, I can hike up mountains for hours and ride a bicycle for 30+ miles. Even better, I can walk pretty much anywhere, and I can play and do fun things with my grandchildren.

Moving doesn’t just help with your weight, it helps with your life!

Here is an excellent resource for FREE exercise videos for women to help you lose weight. I put this together based on how I work out. How to Workout for Weight Loss.

Limit sugar and foods that act like sugar

This is probably the bad news of this whole post.

But I have no idea how you can be a healthy weight if you are still eating lots of sugar and foods that act like sugar.

There are women that get away with eating this stuff when they are young but that doesn’t work for all of us. I am so grateful that I gave up most sugary stuff 20 years ago. My skin and body thanks me every day!

For most of our lives, we treat these foods as treats, but they are hard on our bodies.

They affect our fat-storing and fat-burning hormones. This is really important to understand.

Sugar and foods that act like sugar tell our bodies to do the opposite of what we want them to do.

Instead of burning fat—we store fat.

It seems counter-intuitive to our fat-phobic culture, but fat is not making you fat. What is making you fat is the effect that sugar and foods that act like sugar have on your hormones.

This list of foods is way too long to list. Of course, you know that cake, cookies, candy, and other sweet treat foods are sugar-based foods. But there are a lot of other common foods that act just like sugar in your body.

This includes instant oatmeal, pasta, all breads, fat-free yogurt or milk, energy bars, fruity smoothies, breakfast cereal, and pretty much all other commercial snack foods.

These kinds of foods can make you gain weight and they keep you hungering for more.

And it doesn’t take all that much to throw your body off. These foods don’t proved any real nutrition beyond what a scientist has added, so you don’t need them at all.

Even a little in your diet each day, can keep you from losing weight. Even if you aren’t overeating, eating foods that raise your blood sugar, will keep the pounds on.

Not only that but they cause overall inflammation that damages your skin and other systems in your body.

That temporary hit of sugar or processed foods is just not worth the long-term damage it causes.

Quit snacking! 

Most of us have been told for years to snack or to eat every couple of hours.

There may be certain medical conditions that require this but for most of us—we don’t need to eat every two hours.

In fact, if you eat enough of the right kinds of foods at your meals, you won’t need to snack at all. You won’t even get hungry between meals.

You know what makes you hungry between meals? Snacking on foods that raise your insulin and create additional craving.

You know what used to leave me hungry? Eating cereal or oatmeal for breakfast.

Now that I eat eggs and vegetables, I don’t get hungry for hours! We’ve been conditioned that we need to eat “breakfast” foods in the morning.

You can eat whatever you want in the morning. Have some ground turkey seasoned like sausage if you want that breakfast taste. Or just eat leftovers from dinner the night before.

You can even just skip breakfast and have a longer fast.

The key is to eat real food in sufficient quantities with sufficient fat that you won’t get hungry.

Eat more fat

It’s becoming fairly mainstream that eating fat is not what makes you fat.

Yet, people are still loathe to give up the idea that butter, olive oil, and even animal fat is not what is making them fat.

It’s not. And the fact is that by eating more of the right kinds of fat with the right kinds of food, you may even lose weight.

I do want to note that things like cake or your typical fast foods will make you fat. Bad fat combined with sugar or foods that act like sugar will not just make you fat, they are wrecking your body.

The fat in your body is not your enemy. It actually is an amazing organ that is essential to your survival. But modern diets have it perplexed at times. Yet, for most of us, our body fat is doing its best to keep us alive.

But good fats are good for your body and actually help your body do what it’s supposed to do. In case you aren’t sure of what good fats are, here are some examples:

  • Olive oil (I know you all know that one!)
  • Butter or ghee
  • Fats from animals that are grass-fed or pastured
  • Coconut oil
  • Nuts
  • Avocados

Here’s how to eat enough food at a meal to not need to snack. Fix yourself your favorite protein and all the vegetables, especially non-starchy ones that you want.

Have a little bit of starch, say half a small sweet potato or some winter squash. Then add a tablespoon or two of butter, olive or coconut oil as well as some avocado. Add enough fat that it all tastes delicious.

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen women eating a big salad with their little bit of dressing on the side, dipping their lettuce gingerly into the dressing. Those women are hungry about a minute after they finish eating.

But add some chicken or eggs to your salad, along with a tablespoon or so of good oil, and it will not only taste good it will keep you satiated until you are ready to eat again.

Cook at home

I recently heard that cooking at home is better for your health than any other change you can make.

From my own experience, I know that the more of the food I eat, that I prepare myself, the easier it is to maintain a healthy weight.

When I prepare my own meals, I know exactly what I am eating.

I know my ingredients. I control what goes into my meals. I know that I am eating the best protein I can find and afford as well as eating good-for-me fats.

When you eat out, you will usually eat more food and more of the kinds of food that cause you to gain weight.

Use intermittent fasting or time restricted eating

Depending on your job and lifestyle this can be super easy, or it can be challenging. I first discovered the power of this several years ago and wrote about it in Can You Lose Weight After 50?

I discovered on my own, through my own experience that when I was living alone, I tended to eat an early dinner and not eat until mid-morning. The weight seemed to just melt away.

Now that I am working at job 50 miles from where I live and living with someone, it’s not so easy to avoid eating in the evening. But it is well worth the effort.

Yet, it’s more than just my opinion. I’m seeing lots of articles and research about intermittent fasting these days.

Most things I’ve read recommend 12 to 18 hours between your dinner of one day and your breakfast the next day.

How to Get Started With Intermittent Fasting

It’s easier than it sounds. Let’s say you eat at six tonight, then tomorrow you wait to have breakfast at eight. That is very doable!

Some articles I’ve read say that doing just this one thing can help you lose a few pounds without even changing your diet at all.

Most things I’ve read said it’s fine to have plain coffee or tea in the morning and that it won’t break your fast.

Easy Tips to Lose Weight After 50

Being a healthy weight really should not be hard. But in today’s world of fast food, convenience foods, and such, it really can be a challenge.

I encourage you to explore these ideas, experiment with them, and experience how you feel while doing them.

Pick one or two to do consistently for a few weeks. Then add another. Learn to really take care of your body for the rest of your life!

These tips are easy but weight can be hard to budge sometimes. Yet, it is possible and you’ll have to experiment to find the right combination for your own body.

For more on the mindset of losing weight, read How to Succeed at Losing Weight After 50.

Have Fun After 50!

Being over 50 doesn’t mean you can’t look great and have a fun life. This summer, I became a grandmother for the second time!

Not only that but I biked 143 miles through Vermont, hiked beautiful mountains, visited state parks, and roamed through NY wine region.

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15 Comments

  1. Tammy on October 12, 2020 at 5:49 am

    Love this article, I have struggled with weight most of my life I will be 55 in Dec. and the weight is harder to get off each year. I can use any advice you may have, seems like I’m stuck and then it becomes depressing .

    • Sara on October 12, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Tammy,

      Our bodies are complex and it can take some experimenting to figure out what is right for you. But when you get it figured out, it will work!

  2. Tina kurtenbach on October 12, 2020 at 5:22 am

    Wow I do everything you have suggested for years and actually started the fasting part. I’m 49 and it’s been harder especially since covid. Most of the time it’s really about behavior and mind set. Excellent advice! You couldn’t have said it better. I esp agree with the mind set part, traditional breakfast and not killing your self to achieve goals

    • Sara on October 12, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Tina,

      Mindset is such a big part! But also not eating the kinds of things that make us want to eat more.

  3. Yissel on August 7, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Love your article, since all this covid started I have put on a lot of weight and just turning 50 has been harder to take the weight off, I have been trying however some of the foods I eat do have sugar and after reading your article it makes since why the weight is not coming off, I will definitely follow your tips. Thank you 🙏🏼

  4. Kathy on June 15, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for the clear information. I love that you have solutions and ideas to many issues.

    • Sara on June 15, 2020 at 8:30 pm

      I’m glad it helped. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Janice on June 2, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Great Post! Never tried fasting but I am willing to give it a try. Will definitely be a challenge for me because of my work schedule, I work the second shift.

    • Sara on June 15, 2020 at 8:31 pm

      If you can find a way to make it work with your schedule, you may love it. It makes life so much easier when you are only preparing and eating two meals.

  6. Susan on April 30, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Great article! I feel like I’ve gained 15 pounds since this virus started from stress eating. I’m desperate to drop this weight. Your article has really motivated me.

    • Sara on May 4, 2020 at 9:42 am

      I’m so glad. It really is possible!

    • Phyllis on May 26, 2020 at 9:33 am

      Enjoyed reading the article. It helped motivate me to get off the couch and start moving. Also do to re-examine the food’s I’ve been consuming while sheltering at home. I am making the commitment to getting healthy.

      • Sara on May 26, 2020 at 9:13 pm

        That’s great! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Mariana Knifer on October 25, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Great post! I’ve been listening to “2 Keto Dudes” podcasts and your post follows their advice very closely. I hope many people see this and take the steps to changing their eating habits and choices for the better! Well done.

    • Sara on October 27, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      Mariana, thanks for the note. I will have to check that podcast out.

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