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Keep on trying 1 lb at a time .Don't concentrate too much on your big goal but make small ones. I am trying to do 10 lbs. at a time .So far so good. You can do it!!!!!
I enjoyed these posts about losing weight over 65. I'll be 65 in 2 weeks and I have stabilized at about 20 lbs more than I weighed as recently as 3 years ago. I was working out regularly and then stopped. Well I gained the weight and now it seems like it is there for good. I'm watching what I eat and working out more but the weight goes down slightly and then right back up to my current weight. It's a real challenge!
I'm 57 and working on this also, but I try to go to Jazzercise when I can and believe it or not, most of the women there are between mid 50's and up. I was shocked! You might want to check it out. I hate exercise, but love Jazzercise. Now, if I can just get there.....
I had lost 17lbs, but have put 4 back on and for some reason I cannot get motivated again. I look at my weight log and wonder how the heck did I do that?
You have to just keep on trying though. If you give up? Well, we all know what happens then Good luck everyone!
Well if anyone can give me advice It would be great, I always weight 120, and now I am 60 and I am at 147, It seems I can't lose no matter what I do, I lose two pounds gain three. I have been on many diffrent diets, and I exercise, according to all the diets I should be losing weight, it isn't happing. Not sure why, and I try to eat healthy. If anyone has advise, bring it on.
I'll be 72 next month. I quit smoking in March of this year and before the 20 lbs. I needed to lose became 40 I joined Weight Watchers for the second time (I became a lifetime member 25 years ago and age and laziness brought back 20 of those lost pounds) this past May. I have lost the 20 and reached my goal weight in early November. It certainly took longer to lose than when I was younger but the weight did come off.
The only advice I can give you is that this has to become a permanent lifestyle change. Yes, you can cheat once in awhile (key words once in awhile) but you need to be constantly vigilant about what you put in your mouth. My mantra has been "you can't have it both ways." I absolutely cannot eat the way I did before the weight came off (being a long time vegetarian I suffered from carb overload) and maintain my goal weight. I figure if I can quit smoking after more than 50 years (oy) I can do this too. When I'm tempted to over indulge I ask myself if it's worth it and usually my answer is no.
Some type of exercise is crucial too. At 72 I certainly can't run marathons or exercise myself into oblivion but I've been successful using Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home exercise CDs (available at Amazon).
So, the answer is yes, you can succeed at any age. It just depends on how badly one wants it.
Weight loss over 60 is DIFFERENT from weight loss under 60, and VERY different from weight loss under 50. If you aren't over 60 yet, you'll see, UNLESS:
You have never been athletic, in which case, increased activity will have good results.
I have run MORE than the equivalent of 4 times around planet Earth, in intense training for decades, following grueling and strict routines with Nike Texas and other outfits. I have trained many athletes to maximize genetic potential. There is NO cookie-cutter approach to fitness and weight loss. A trained distance runner can gain weight running 80 miles a week without an unreasonable food intake. I know this. Similarly, an overweight couch potato can drag his/her butt 8 times around the track and lose weight. (Not enough, of course!)
So hope you weren't in great shape at one time. Effort will work. The good part of HAVING BEEN in shape is that you can handle the habits, and you start at a weight and fitness level that is better than most. But good luck losing anything after 60. Just sayin'
Coming up on 8 years since I posted on this thread...
I'm still down 45 lbs from where I started in early 2007, but for the past year I've been focused on increasing muscle mass. Weight loss doesn't come exclusively from fat, and a combination of age and calorie restriction left me with less muscle especially in the shoulders. A year ago I had rotator cuff surgery to repair damage which was exacerbated by that muscle loss.
So I'm turning back to the same exercise routines as high school. Weight work for the shoulders and arms, and biking for transportation. Walking has replaced running. I've gained 5 lbs from where I was in 2007, but the regain is not fat. This takes a considerable amount of time - typically 3 hours a day. Weight loss past 60 is difficult, regaining lost muscle mass even more so.
Recently I became aware of the importance of thigh musculature to cardiovascular health:
As you age, your thighs are where a lot of muscle mass is lost. In youth skinny thighs are a good thing, but they are not a good thing when you get old. Besides the biking I've added squats to keep my thigh circumference up to the desirable 22-24" range.