Most Popular Diets for Women 50+

By on January 1, 2012

By Brandi Koskie for

After the champagne is popped, kisses exchanged, and Auld Lang Syne crooned, most of America stops to think about all the damage they did during the holiday season. Resolving to lose weight or get in better health tops the list of New Year’s resolutions year in and year out.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans making such a promise to yourself, and want a little help to get you there, then take a look at some of the most popular diets of 2011.

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Each year we examine the diets our readers were most interested in, and in 2011 there were 20 diets put on that list.

17 Day Diet, Weight Watchers, and Jillian Michaels held top positions, and classics like Medifast and Nutrisystem were included. Celebrity-endorsed programs from Kristie Alley and Suzanne Somers joined the list for the first time. And of course, several supplement and fad-inspired methods like hCG, acai and baby food also made the cut.

Of all of these there are a few that are ideal for older women looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

Weight Watchers
2011 Ranking: #2

The great thing with Weight Watchers PointsPlus, and the improvements made to the PointsPlus 2012 program, is that you can eat whatever you want, almost. With a daily allotment of “points,” based on the nutritional value of each food, you simply have to stay within those points to realize weight loss. Healthier foods, like grilled fish and fresh fruits and vegetables, have low points, while fast food burgers and fries are much higher. Age doesn’t matter, and neither really does gender. It’s a no-fuss plan that you can do online or through meetings, depending on your schedule and the level of support you’re seeking. While not ideal for diabetics, if you work with your doctor, you can make adjustments to work for you.

2011 Ranking: #11

If counting points or even having to prepare your own food isn’t part of your new year’s plans, then consider NutriSystem, a meal-delivery service that takes care of practically all of the counting and cooking. There are a variety of programs available under the NutriSystem label that offer foods that are shelf-stable, fresh-frozen, or a combination of both. Monthly or weekly shipments will provide prepared meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks, you simply supplement with fresh fruits and vegetables. There’s also NutriSystem-D, with meals created specifically for diabetics, and NutriSystem Silver, which suits the dietary and nutritional needs of older adults.

Sexy Forever
2011 Ranking: #18

Created by Suzanne Somers, this 2011 book was created specifically for women 40 and older who want to conquer any barrier that age may present in weight loss. Somers coaches you on working with your hormones, rather than they against you, in order to burn fat to get in excellent shape. You can use the book and/or the online subscription service, which comes with more robust tools and offerings. In December 2011 Somers will release the Sexy Forever Recipe Bible with 400 complementary recipes that are tasty and good for you.


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Most Popular Diets for Women 50+