You may have heard that it’s impossible to get in amazing shape, feel your best, and embrace a fabulous life in your 50s.
But let me tell you, your dream body is absolutely within your reach if you follow the steps I’m about to share with you.
First things first, setting realistic expectations is key. Remember, it took time to gain the weight and body fat you have now, so it’s not going to disappear overnight. On average, women in their 50s gain about 1.5 pounds of body weight per year. So, give yourself time and patience. This is not a quick fix; it’s a lifelong change.
Let’s talk about your diet. In most of my videos, I’ve always said that a high-protein diet is essential. Aim for one gram of protein per pound of your body weight. If you’re over 170 lbs, shoot for your goal body weight. Don’t worry; I’ve got a video below on how to achieve this, whether you’re vegan, pescetarian, or vegetarian. It’s all doable. Don’t go into an extremely low-carb diet because you will find it hard to stick to in the long term and it will cause loss of muscle mass. Also, skip the refined sugars and white flour. Yes, I know, food with those ingredients can be quite tempting and yummy but these wreak havoc on your hormones and can lead to insulin resistance. Opt for whole grains and limit sugar intake.
2. MOVEMENT and STRENGTH TRAINING
Moving your body is a must. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity daily. It could be walking, swimming, or anything that gets you moving. And here’s a game-changer: strength training. Building muscle helps boost your metabolism, making it easier for your body to burn fat. Check my video on how to strength train and find out what amazing benefits it has for you.
Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep can mess with your hormones and cause inflammation, making it harder to lose weight. Try to establish a regular sleep schedule and implement sleep strategies. I’ve got a video dedicated to this topic as well.
Lastly, let’s talk about mindset. Consistency is the name of the game. It’s not about crash diets or quick fixes; it’s about making lasting lifestyle changes. Stay motivated and focused on your long-term goals. And don’t ever lose sight of the reason why you started. I’ve covered this extensively in a dedicated video below so feel free to watch it: