what to do to lose weight after 50

  1. Thank you for all the tips. Some I know and need to make sure I do and others
    that was something new for me and I need to follow. My husband is a junk food junkie and is skinny as a rail. Men! I need to stay away from the sugar as I know this causes belly fat and weight added.
    Thanks for the reassurance.

    • Beth Djalali says:

      skinny and healthy are two different things altogether. junk food just isn’t healthy period. good for you for
      staying away from sugar. it’s a killer for sure.

    • Lindsey A says:

      The men thing is right! Pre-pandemic, I was doing Orangetheory (love it, miss it, starting their outdoor workouts next Friday because I refuse to go more than a year without it!) and on the screens, you can see everyones splat points and calorie burns. We’d all doing the exact same workout, yet the men would have 2 – 3 times the calorie burn over the women. So not fair!

  2. Paula says:

    I always come back and read about this program. I guess I hesitate because of the daily accountability. Accountability is a good thing but do I have to check in daily. I’m out of town for a week and am thinking about signing up and trying to do this even while I’m gone. Then when I get home I can really focus. I’m familiar with the my fitness pal app and really want to learn more about carb cycling and the macros. I also like the idea of the menus. I guess I’m looking for direction.
    I’ve had a thyroid problem for a few months that is now under control so I think I can do this.
    Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    • Beth Djalali says:

      when you start to think about a healthy lifestyle rather than a start and stop program then you begin to find
      ways to incorporate it into your day-to-day life whether that’s on the road or at home. and FWTFL
      has upped their game by incorporating weekly menus with the program. it helps to get you on track as far as
      what to eat. so happy your thyroid problem cleared up!

  3. Janice says:

    I am glad the FWTWL worked for you and many others. I do NOT want this to sound negative. I tried it and I had headaches and my stomach was always uset, so I quit. I think the 16 hours of fasting is what was so hard for me. I drank black coffee on an empty stomach and now 2 weeks later, I still feel bad. Just want others to know that all diets do not work for all . I will say they did reimburse me, which was a blessing! I have tried many diets, but this is the first that ever made me sick!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      first, FWTFL is not a diet. and i’m so sorry it didn’t work out for you but i bet the black coffee on an empty stomach didn’t help. drinking coffee on an empty stomach increases
      acidity. when there’s no food to buffer your morning black coffee it’s possible to experience harmful side effects. FWTFL is a standup company so it’s no surprise they issued a refund. onward!


    I’ve been doing Faster Way for 18 months. I’ve lost a few inches, gained 10 pounds, so have not had the results most have, but still believe it’s a well-balanced, comprehensive program. I especially appreciated having the work-outs available during quarantine.

  5. arlene says:

    Beth, I love you and your column and I’ve been a fan for a long time. I take take exception about weight loss over 50 being so difficult. It’s difficult at every age. I am sad when I see these myths promoted, it discourages some while it gives other permission not to try or to try and fail. I know the faster way to weight loss is great but weight watchers is also great for $20 a month. At any age it takes work and smart decision making.

    • Beth Djalali says:

      i think that’s fantastic that you found what works for you. it’s all about a healthy lifestyle in my book. and i would
      agree that it’s hard to maintain your weight at any age. but for some reason, we seem to think it’s okay to put on
      weight after a certain age or that age and weight gain are tied together. i’m all about busting those myths because
      we can change our lifestyle at any point in time if we want to put the work in.

  6. Belinda says:

    In response to the comment that “it is difficult for everyone to lose weight.” It is medical and scientific fact that after 5O, (though not impossible), hormonal changes, particularly in women going through menopause, along with lifestyle-related choices , make it even more difficult to lose weight – that is, without intentionality.

    • Beth Djalali says:

      hormonal changes due to menopause might make us more likely to gain weight around our midsection, hips, and thighs.
      but the big culprit is losing muscle mass that turns to fat and slows the rate our bodies burn calories.

  7. Llinis Medina says:

    Thank you for all the tips

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