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janelikesjam Sun 07-Oct-12 18:26:15

I know this is another boring diet question in disguise.

But I am wondering about this. I think I am very limited in what I eat, but short of eating a few crackers and a bowl of soup every day, I cannot see how I can keep to a size 14, so naturally creep up to a 16-18. Do I just need to come to terms with this? sad p.s. I cannot exercise much because of a health condition. I just eat things like protein and salad and the odd treat e.g. toast at the weekend but it doesn't seem to make any difference!

Has anyone else managed this long-term? What do you eat? Anything you fancy? Severely restricted? Low carb?

Also I would add, I don't want to be "fashionably thin", its not in my genes anyway, but just a kind of average slim size 14 ... if only because I don't want to go out and buy a whole load of new clothes.

Answers on a postcard?

GoSakuramachi Sun 07-Oct-12 18:28:34

For people who are slim already it is perfectly possible. But if you are 16-18 now you aren't going to get any smaller after 50.

lambinapram Sun 07-Oct-12 18:39:49

This middle aged lady has a very useful low carb blog:
lowcarbdiets.about.com/b/2012/07/29/musings-about-obesity-part-one.htm

I find the only way i can keep my weight down is low carb.

Pagwatch Sun 07-Oct-12 18:45:26

I am 51
Over the last three years I had crept from around 9st 8ibs to 10st 8 and I knew I was just going to keep getting heavier
Last november I finally had enough not least because i had had major problem with my back for years and i was getting rapidly less mobile. I started to eat more but better - low carb but lots more veg and eating at regular intervals.
I also got a personal trainer and started working out, doing interval training mostly, twice a week.
I am now around 9st 5lbs having lost slowly but steadily and having toned up all of my body.
I am particularly happy that I have a waist again and much much slimmer legs.

It isn't impossible but IMO just dieting will just fuck you up. you need a better diet and exercise.
It is harder post 50 without doubt.

CaliforniaLeaving Sun 07-Oct-12 18:55:11

I'm 50 now and am losing weight. Exercise and not eating rubbish seems to be the way for me. I small (4' 11") and finally slim again. I'm not eating any differently really, just watching portion size and deleted pop, I haven't drank alcohol in many years and eat out fast food maybe a couple times a month. I don't feel deprived diet wise and love exercise anyway.

Salmotrutta Sun 07-Oct-12 18:58:18

It is harder, definitely.

I'm early 50s and have always been slim (also tall which means I can get away with more) but since menopause there is no denying my waist is a bit thicker and my hips a bit wider.
Not terribly noticeable but I know it is so.
I have actually gone up two sizes but on the face of it I look similar to what I did a few years ago confused.

... mind you, the unlooked for benefit has been an increase in boob size! shock. I was always small busted before!

Sleepwhenidie Sun 07-Oct-12 19:04:57

The main reason why you need less calories the older you get is that muscle tissue deteriorates, particularly post menopause when hormonal changes take effect. Muscles are the furnace of your body, so the less you have, the less calories get burned. And its an ongoing process, so won't get any easier or reach a balance, without you doing something to retain or build muscle. You need to do some kind of resistance training, it doesn't have to be hugely energetic - when you say you have health problems that restrict exercise, what are they?

catsrus Sun 07-Oct-12 19:07:56

yes harder, certainly - I'm nearer 60 than 50 shock and post menopause have found it very hard to keep my weight down and I crept up to a good size 16 sad. I then watched the recent Horizon programme "Eat, Fast and Live longer" (no longer on iplayer but it is on YouTube) and started including fast days in my week. I've lost 12lb in 8 weeks - still going out for meals, eating what I like on non fast days, drinking wine and still losing weight. I can get back into my size 14 jeans grin. If you can't exercise then it might be worth having a look at the MN thread on it - well, thread 5 as we've filled up 4 previous ones already!! The new one is here

babesdontlie Sun 07-Oct-12 19:15:18

I'm 53 and have a thyroid condition.

Up to being 40 ish I was a size 8-10 and 8st. Now I'm a size 12 and 10st (I'm 5' 3")

At the doctors the other week he asked me to get on the scales and on seeing my weight said 'theres no problem with that'.

At my age now, I think its easier to put weight on and harder to lose it.

mrsminerva Sun 07-Oct-12 19:31:44

No answers but the first to wail and shake fist at God and say 'Unfair'!!

janelikesjam Mon 08-Oct-12 13:26:19

lol, Mrs Minerva!

Does that mean though, only one mince pie for me on xmas day sad?

A lot of it comes down to genetics!! 75% of your body shape is genetic, 25% is changeable!

I think yes, if it is in your genes to be slim then you will be fine once you turn 50. If genetically you are designed to be on the bigger side then it would be possible but harder work....depends on how determined you are to stay slim.

I watched a documentary a few months ago when a large family were tested for the "fat gene" - they were all big and said it was down to genes.......it actually wasn't and as it turned out they were just greedy fuckers grin

Yes it is possible. Sometimes, people get to a certain age, curl up their toes and decide that they can't do it....they can though, they just dont want to enough.

Treblesallround Mon 08-Oct-12 13:34:12

I'm 51 and 2 dress sizes smaller than I've been for years, and much more toned. I don't diet, I don't go to the gym and haven't tried to lose weight, but since I've had my horse I am really active, outside a lot, ride every day which is great for abs, and my upper arms are toned, and I'm very, very happy! Might be worth trying a couple of lessons?

Don't try to keep your weight too low though, it's ageing, your face needs a bit of fat to fill out your skin if you see what I mean

Don't try to keep your weight too low though, it's ageing, your face needs a bit of fat to fill out your skin if you see what I mean

So true!!!! That's my problem.....the first place weight comes off is my face and it is horrid........makes you look so much older!

janelikesjam Mon 08-Oct-12 13:43:22

I can't do anything but mild physical exercise Trebles, just a disability I have, not even callenetics-y type things, let alone horse-riding! But sounds like it works well for you.

Treblesallround Mon 08-Oct-12 13:45:45

That's a shame jane, mind you I'm the sort who thinks that horses are the answer to most problems, so don't take a lot of notice of me!

CaliforniaLeaving Mon 08-Oct-12 21:33:14

What about some swimming Jane? That is supposed to be great and easy on disabilities joints etc.

Fluffy1234 Mon 08-Oct-12 22:20:34

I am 43 and have gone from 13 and a half stone to 9 stone and there is absolutely no way I'm getting big again...ever!

SoleSource Mon 08-Oct-12 22:28:51

Fillers and botox are our friends smile

Yes ot is feasible. Make sure you are getting all of your nutrients.

nokidshere Mon 08-Oct-12 23:10:34

Me and two of my sisters have all been losing weight recently - The oldest has lost 7 stone! She is 53. I have lost 3.5stone. I am 51. And the third has lost 5.5 stone and she is 50.

We have all lost weight using WW points and it works really well regardless of whether you exercise or not. Obviously it goes faster if you are able to exercise as well.

So yes you can lose weight after 50 smile - good luck!

BlueSkySinking Mon 08-Oct-12 23:42:49

Agree with sleepwhendie

what excersise can you do? Swimming?

80sMum Mon 08-Oct-12 23:56:54

I gained a stone and a half and went up 3 dress sizes (well my bottom half did, my top half stayed as flat chested as always!) in the year after menopause. That was 4 years ago. This year I have lost about 8 pounds and do feel better for it. Basically I just started eating a bit less at every meal and the weight is slowly coming back down, at a rate of about one pound every 6 weeks or so.
So, for me at least, it is possible - but massively more difficult than it was pre-menopause.

fatlazymummy Tue 09-Oct-12 00:12:14

I am 52, I lost 60 pounds over the last 18 months. It certainly is possible.
However, I did [and do] a lot of exercise, so I'm not sure if I would have been so successful without it.
If I was unable to exercise I would probably be looking at a low carb diet.
Good luck OP.

OhDearSpareHeadTwo Tue 09-Oct-12 00:34:27

My Mum is 68. She is a similar weight to what she was at 25, if not a little lighter. She is a size 8/10, 5'8. She has a figure most women would kill for and has never been bigger than a size 12. She eats a decent amount so it's just her natural size.

janelikesjam Tue 09-Oct-12 10:18:31

Can't do anything, except a bit of tame walking on a good day. But onwards and upwards as they say.

I think I am at that age where I have to make a choice to allow myself to get plumpy and rotund (which suits some women but I don't think it suits me) or have have to be careful i.e. a bit low carb, to stay a healthy size 14. Will try the latter and see how it works out over the next year and I think I agree about the gradual thing, 80smum, diets do not work for me in the same way anymore, it has to be a much more sustained approach.

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