5 Weight Loss Plans with the 50+ Woman in Mind

By on October 19, 2013
Weight loss

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.

Sexy Forever 
Suzanne Somers’ Sexy Forever, a comprehensive wellness program online, is for women 40 and up. Working with your shifting hormones, rather than against you, you’ll learn how to combine foods and even which cosmetics to use – all of which affect 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 flaxseed, a multivitamin and eight glasses of water each day is encouraged. Fitness comes from strength training, dancing, walking and any other activity you prefer.

NutriSystem Silver 
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 in 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 the senior editor for DietsInReview, which provides the tools and information needed to shape a healthier you. 


About Brandi Koskie


  1. Jenn of PersonalFitCoach.com

    April 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Excellent article with good resources. This is a great site for women “of a certain age” who want to hear tips that are for US and not for 20-30 year old women. We are in a different place in our lives.

    • Jessica Smith

      January 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Yes, it is indeed an amazing site for older women. I myself seem to have been struggling with my body weight all my life, even as a kid I was always a little on the chubby side. But as an adult woman things changed for even worse as I gained all the more pounds particularly after my first pregnancy. However lately I have lost almost 35 pounds, after a close friend of mine shared a diet e-newsletter from a diet coach with me, therefore in an effort to give back this is a link to the free newsletter for all women: http://bit.ly/1kxNYvM

  2. Cheryl Stigliano

    November 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    This looks promising to women 50 and over to get fit.
    I encourage combining weight lifting/strength training programs with nutritional programs. If you are interested in learning about strength training that will compliment your weight loss program, click here:
    Click Here!

  3. Steve Grant

    January 25, 2014 at 5:45 am

    thanks for sharing this post with us.. It is too important to keep fit and healthy after 40 and 50. You shared such a nice post for all people who are 50 or more then it.

  4. Sabina

    February 1, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Hitting my late 40s hit me hard and I learned the hard way that with all the hormonal changes going on that I really had to watch what I ate. I don’t mean just in the way of calories. I was totally shocked to learn that there are foods that the gurus claim to be great, healthy and insist that we consume, yet those foods do not play nice with our various hormones thus making it almost impossible to loose weight. Once I started to balance my diet, I started to see real results. This lesson and the benefits I experienced have lead me to wanting to spread the word and help other women like me. I have become a student of weight loss, especially for women in their 40s and 50s. Keep up the great work.


    • Elaine Markey

      December 19, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Sabrina,

      I am forty seven and am 5ft 2 inchs tall, I weigh 12 stone. I feel old and tired is that something you can relate to before you changed your diet and life style?

      Kind Regards

  5. Diane Dachota

    February 3, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Women who are 40-50 are not senior citizens and most of us are not looking for ‘silver’ plans. I myself am over 50, am the mother of teenagers living at home and still work and lead an active life. I’m looking for a weight loss plan that doesn’t consider me to be sitting in a rocking chair all day.

  6. Edrienne Garcia

    March 22, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I am nearing the big 50 but that doesn’t stop me from getting in shape even if I’m a mother of two vibrant teenagers and has been working in a marketing company for the majority of my career life. Age is just a number in fitness just like in love.

  7. loyal customer

    June 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Wraps are good to use once you know that they aren’t
    going to create miracles. I personally use it for sculpting and they help me out alot.

  8. weight loss hcg dr oz

    June 15, 2014 at 6:24 am

    The book the ‘The Weight Loss Cure’ popularized and
    resurrected the HCG diet. This has however been made easier thanks
    to HCG supplements that come loaded with
    vitamin B12, minerals and amino acids that are likely to be absent in most
    diets for quick weight loss. This can give you a definite goal which can later on help you
    work hard during exercise sessions and comply to a healthy diet.

    Visit my web blog – weight loss hcg dr oz

  9. nose job xiaxue

    July 1, 2014 at 8:03 am

    In December 2012, she was half way through her reconstructive procedure and has since become a symbol of hope for women suppressed by the Taliban, urging women to “never give up and don’t lose hope,” that “what happened, it’s part of me, part of my life and its all the time in my mind and with me. I have never personally had any plastic surgery done but there are obvious downsides to plastic surgery such as downtime, pain, and possible side effects. There is one error: the sentence “The
    heir who wins the windfall will be the one who finds the.

    my web page … nose job xiaxue

  10. Pingback: quick healthy recipes college students - owlgroup.org.uk

  11. Lisa Bryant

    January 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    OMGosh, are there no eating programs out there that don’t require such drastic changes in my diet and in my kitchen or horrendous output of money? Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig are each over $300 a month per person plus whatever extras I would need to buy. The other plans require huge overhauls, requiring me to trash most of what is in my kitchen however healthy it may be. I want to lose weight and get healthy but I don’t believe I have to trash everything in order to do it. Give me some moderation please!!

    • lb50

      January 21, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Here’s a great article on healthy weight loss tips without drastic measures/changes: https://livingbetter50.com/5-essential-changes-weight-loss-success/ Small incremental changes is a great way to lose weight. I’ve also written an ebook that will be available on our site next month titled “Secrets to Losing Weight, Getting Fit & Making Life Changes That Most Programs, Books & Products Don’t Tell You!” Hope you’ll come by again and check out my ebook. thank you for your feedback Lisa!

  12. Judy B

    January 3, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    I am sorry to disagree but all those plans are way off. When I was reading them…I though are you serious. After fifty, things change and eating that pre-packaged foods or drastic measures may help you lose weight but it is far from healthy in the long run. And at our age…we need long term positive modifications…not just quick weight loss. I know a few healthy alternatives but aren’t going to post them here…ladies please google for other solutions.

  13. Pingback: 50 Ideas For weight loss trainingWeight Loss Training | Weight Loss Training

  14. Idietitian

    March 22, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Really informative article for all women above 40. Staying fit and active at this age is really important or you could get old way too soon. And all the resources here seem to be really helpful for all women.

  15. Carol

    September 16, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    These plans are ridiculously expensive and very unhealthy, especially for older people! If you really want to lose the weight and be super healthy, especially heart healthy, check out Dr. Fuhrman and Dr. McDougall’s plans. Both are super heart healthy vegan or semi-vegan plans. You can make everything yourself starting with what you have in your own kitchen and your family will like it too. They have food you can order, especially Dr. McDougall, that is super easy to take to work and really filling. Check out the SCIENCE before you do any diet plan as you can do terrible damage to your heart and your health.

  16. Norma Luna

    June 22, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Really informative, I will recommend it to my family.

  17. Sharon

    January 11, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Taking care of the body should be a lifetime commitment. Great list. Thanks for sharing, I will check them out.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

5 Weight Loss Plans with the 50+ Woman in Mind