By Brandi Koskie –
By the time a woman hits her late 40s and 50s, ideally she should be at peace with her body, not still wrestling with weight loss and dieting. For many women though, this is the time in their lives when they actually have the time to focus and accomplish those goals once and for all. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not impossible to lose weight and get fit at this age, if anything it’s more possible than ever.
Cheryl George from Biggest Loser lost 76 pounds by doing bootcamp fitness classes. NutriSystem’s Marie Osmond, age 51, lost more than 40 pounds (and by dancing like a star!). And the “Iron Nun,” 70-year-old Sister Madonna Buder, has completed 40 Ironman Triathlons since her 30s. They aren’t different than you, or stronger than you, or even luckier at losing weight than you.
The only difference is that they made the choice to lose the weight, or get fit, or simply maintain the fitness they’ve already strived for. Fifty is the new forty (or something like that!). If you can’t move time back ten years, make your body look and feel ten years younger through your diet and activities. There are a number of weight loss programs designed specifically for women in their 40s, 50s, or beyond. We’ve shared the most important details of five stand-outs for your review.
Suzanne Somers’ Sexy Forever, a comprehensive wellness program online, is for women 40 and up. Working with your shifting hormones, rather than they against you, you’ll learn how to combine foods and even which cosmetics to use – all of which affects your ability to lose weight. Sexy Forever offers recipes, meal planning, food logs, and calorie and activity calculators. You’ll eat a diet of real foods, and follow a cardio and strength training fitness regimen.
The Hormone Diet
This book is a six-week, three-step plan to leave you feeling renewed, creating a hormone balance, and rediscovering your strength. When you eat and live in a way that creates balance you’ll have a stronger metabolism, weight loss, less stress, and better sleep. The diet uses a detox that removes grains, oil, alcohol, caffeine, and processed foods like artificial sweeteners and processed meats, and introduces you to clean eating. The Hormone Diet also uses yoga, cardio and strength training in a regimen you’ll follow six days a week.
The All-Natural Menopause Diet
If the popular hormone-replacement therapies aren’t for you, then this natural approach to menopausal weight management may be. The diet is made of organic whole foods, like fruits, vegetables and wild fish. You’ll learn how to lose weight as well as lift your libido, and prevent osteoporosis and hot flashes. Supplementing your diet with flax seed, a multivitamin and eight glasses of water each day is encouraged. Fitness comes from strength training, dancing, walking and any other activity you prefer.
Men and women can both use this meal-delivery plan designed for seniors. The meals are low in glycemic carbs, sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol, while rich in protein and fiber. Once a month you’ll receive a shipment of shelf-stable foods for 3 meals and 3 snacks each day – you just heat, eat, and supplement with fresh produce. There isn’t much focus on fitness, so you’re left on your own in this aspect. NutriSystem-D is also available for those who need a diabetic-friendly diet.
Jenny Craig Silver
This popular meal delivery program caters to the 50+ crowd. Jenny Craig Silver meets your unique dietary needs by boosting the metabolism and providing key nutrients like calcium. The meals are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, but low on calories and fat. With 80 meals and snacks available, each is calorie- and portion-controlled. Unlike the standard Jenny Craig program, this comes with the Jenny Craig MultiPlus Supplements, which give an extra dose of calcium, vitamin D and other bone-healthy minerals. Low-impact fitness activities like walking, golfing, swimming and gardening are encouraged.
Brandi Koskie is senior editor for DietsInReview.com, which provides the tools and information needed to shape a healthier you.