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Old 04-23-2011, 01:09 PM
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Default Losing weight after 40

Is damn hard.... I can put it on - but taking it off is a biatch.....

I used to be able to drop 5 or 10 LBS in a week or 2..... Now its a struggle

Old 04-23-2011, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
Is damn hard.... I can put it on - but taking it off is a biatch.....

I used to be able to drop 5 or 10 LBS in a week or 2..... Now its a struggle

Im going thru a separation and the weight is coming off 1-2-3.
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Originally Posted by bumster View Post
Im going thru a separation and the weight is coming off 1-2-3.
Perfect.... Telling the wife I want a divorce now

Sorry to hear BTW - good luck...
Old 04-23-2011, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
Perfect.... Telling the wife I want a divorce now

Sorry to hear BTW - good luck...
Then find yourself a 23 YO and you won't even recognize yourself in a month or two.
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I turned 48 last October. At the time, I weighed 248 lbs and was wearing size 38 relaxed fit jeans. I'm 6' 1" BTW. A month after my birthday, I decided I was going to start trying to loose weight and get in shape. Within 3 months, I dropped 34 lbs and size 34 jeans (regular fit) are loose on me. I've hit a plateau weight loss wise however as I'm stuck where I'm at. At 5 months, I was able to do my age in push ups (consequtive and in perfect form).

Cut out the junk, red meat, fried foods, and lower (but not necessary eliminate) carb intake. I'm not talking about the Atkins diet here, just a good old healthy diet. In addition to eating right, start building muscle. Do push ups, pull ups, lift weights, etc. The muscle re-building process burns calories and occurs around the clock, even when your sitting at your desk during the day.
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I'm nearing 60 and it has been a fight just to lose 10 lbs. I've changed my diet, joined the gym, drink lots of fluids and I'm lucky to drop 1 lb.
Been at it since the new year, but I'm not gonna quit until I've dropped 40.
Hopefully when the weather breaks I'll get outside more and that will help.
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I went on Atkins the second week in January... this is my second time using the program. The last time I was about 40 and dropped almost 60#.

I'm 56, started at 215 and was 184 on the scale yesterday. Never hungry, but always aware of what I am eating and drinking.

Drink all the water you they say you have to, take your vitamins, you wil drop the weight, your cholesterol will drop, and you will be amazed how easy it was.... but the first 2 weeks is tough. Low energy, little gastric issues that require a laxative... but that goes away once your body gets used to it...
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Im 46, started a few months ago on a diet. Basically cut out all sodas, drinking strictly water or low cal water flavorings and cut down on portions. I haev dropped 30 Lbs. I want to loose another 20 minimum to 30 more...
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I need to drop about 30 lbs but struggle with diets. trying to cut out carbs now
Old 04-25-2011, 05:36 AM
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Its worse at 60 do it now

I can drop 20 by giving up beer - other than that - move more eat less....

There is an old joke about a future year headline (say year 2525) that reads "New study shows diet and exercise key to wait loss".

But remember you cannot possibly get enough exercise to burn off all the food you want to eat - the food intake is the key - Good Luck!!!
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I am 52 and going through the same thing. Just remember, the trick is to burn off more calories than you take in. It is that easy but also that hard...
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47, 6'0" 225 down to 214, walking(5 days a week ), weights 3 days, kayaking the other two and chilling on W.Ends.
Cholesterol going down but not perfect yet.
If I weigh what those publix scales recommend, I look like a crack addict!!
According to them, 190 is ideal for me.
I say 205.
Cherios, few carbs, no Red meat, fish and salads, small portions.
It isn't too bad and worth it.
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Without going into a lengthy story. Here are the keys to losing weight:


Decrease intake of:
Carbs/Breads
Sugars(yes even in your coffee, believe it or not coffee with just cream is pretty tasty)
DIARY.

Lots of sugar/fat/carbs in dairy for example a glass of milk, or if you like two slices of cheese on your sandwich (which you should be eating sparingly at this point) So cut the cheese/milk/dairy out of your diet as much as you can.

The other trick is finding time to exercise 30 minutes 3x a week minimum, buy a bicycle and take it around the block for 30 minutes 3x a week. Boosts your metabolism and burns fat.

Another simple concept that should be rather easy to understand, is that your body burns X amount of calories based on your daily lifestyle. If you have been at a certain weight for a few weeks/months, chances are, you are consuming the amount of calories that your body burns a day. By decreasing the intake of calories per day, and maintaining your current lifestyle, or this is a great time to add the exercising 30min x3 days a week, your body burns more calories and you are already consuming less then your body burns in a day as it is, thus you lose weight.


The most important factor in all of this, is realistic goals. Don't say I need to lose thirty pounds because that is the most discouraging goal when 2 weeks have gone by and your miserable and hungry and have only lost 1.5 lbs. The ideal weight loss, without sacrificing muscle mass/etc ( this is the gym rat in me coming out, I used to go from 175 to 215-220 every winter for 3 years and then cut down to 170 by june, all through eating more then what my body burns in the daily lifestyle that I lead, or eating less), but back to the ideal weight loss, 1.5lbs a week is realistic. So set a goal for a month from now, to lose 4 pounds? Doesnt seem like much, but 4lbs a month for 3 months is 12 lbs of weight loss.

Send me a PM if you have any questions, I'm pretty on top of personal fitness and weightloss stuff if you want to chat some more.
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Did atkins before thanksgiving. 248 lbs 40 inch waist. Started running when i got to about 230. (I need the jump start that comes from shedding lbs).

Down to 220, Atkins is long gone (Xmas), but I am strill aware of my carb intake. Cut back on beer. I am running 2-3 times a week (4-5 miles) and hitting the gym 1-2. elyptical, sit ups, dips and pull ups. It does not take much time, and my energy level is great.


Pick something simple, set your goals in a sane manner, and stick with you plan.
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i'm 63 and can wear my high school clothes...never gone up or down more than five lbs in 40 years...there is a billion dollar industry devoted to a simple free truth of which there is NO way around.....eat less...move more......thats ALL there is to it.
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Originally Posted by randall View Post
i'm 63 and can wear my high school clothes...never gone up or down more than five lbs in 40 years...there is a billion dollar industry devoted to a simple free truth of which there is NO way around.....eat less...move more......thats ALL there is to it.
42 and weigh about 15 lbs more than I did when I graduated HS.

- Dont eat like a pig. Sorry, but everyone i know that ccomplains about being fat, I have one meal with them and 9 times out of ten i can pinpoint the problem.

- For the love of god... Get rid of the sodas. I dont care if it says "diet" on it. Its still teriible for you.

- Move around. Exercise is the only way to keep yourself healthy

Im 42 - 6'3" and 210

you dont have to get fat and out of shape just because you got older.
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Here is a link to my success story I wrote to the gym I belong to. It takes commitment but if you can exercise hard 3 or 4 times a week and clean up you diet you should be able to see results.

http://www.crossfitbwi.com/page/inde...&hide&id=27910
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I'm 67 and have lost 45 pounds---from 215 to 170 !!

The real solution was I got a Dog--an English Mastiff. We walk about 4 miles per day along with change in diet and eating habits.

Eat SLOWly, soups, small portions--NO SODA POP !!

I still eat everything, drink reasonably and enjoy life more than ever...my dawg was the baseline !!
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During my late 40's and early 50's I loss 60lbs just by eating smaller portions and making a commitment to walk 4 to 5 miles every day regardless of the weather conditions or where my work travel schedules took me. Now that i'm retired all the walking I seem to do is from my leather chair to the fridge. Even though I spend a great deal of time outside working on the old farm home and in the yards and garden it just seems impossible for me to loose any weight. I drink at leat one gallon of water per day of course then I have at least one jack daniels at the end of the day. At 6'4" and 305 maybe I should join the ladies group at Curves. Maybe watching them do their thing would improve my excercise program. ;?
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Originally Posted by bumster View Post
Im going thru a separation and the weight is coming off 1-2-3.
same thing happenned to me. Divorce diet. Your metabolism slows down as you get older. Just eat better and exercise. No sodas, no junk food, no fast food, cook healthy high protein lean meals.

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