How can an older woman maintain ideal weight?
Asked by overweighty on Nov 13, 2008 in Weight Maintenance



I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and I maintained my weight for 30 years! Then I hit 50 17 years ago, and I have yo-yoed ever since. I started by yo-yoing 5 lbs but now I’m up to 10 lbs that I haven’t been able to shed for a year.  I can't stay on track for a whole week and wonder if the kind of food I eat sets me off.  I do aqua-size and weight lifting 3 times a week and I curl twice a week. I am very frustrated! I am age 67, 5’3”, 147 lbs, and I’d like to weigh 137 lb.  


Answer

The average woman is at her heaviest between the ages of 50 and 70.  After that, body weight drops as muscle and bone is loss and because of intermittent illness. At BMI 25, you are not really overweight. I suspect weight loss is difficult because you need only 1600 calories to maintain your weight, but if you stick like glue to 1400 calories a day, you can lose about 2 lbs per month, especially if you bump up your aerobic exercise. Some women lose more easily on a high-fiber diet mostly because fiber is filling and vegetables provide volume with very few calories. Presently, many older women diet to emulate youth.  If that sounds like you, then you will have to decide if the sacrifice is worth it.


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