many women over 50 have the misconception that weight gain is a normal aspect of aging. to which i reply, “rubbish!” it is possible and doable to lose belly fat after 50. but we do have to pay attention to what we eat and incorporate an exercise routine. i’m not reinventing the wheel today when it comes to nutrition or sharing a brand new secret that will revolutionize your life. no, it’s always about the basics with me whether it’s my wardrobe or lifestyle. but the basics work when incorporated day in and day out. and it’s never too late to change bad habits that have crept into our lives. we can start being the best version of ourselves today. it all begins with self-care. take baby steps if you have to. the point is to never give up. start with a simple question. “how can i honor my body today.” ladies, we can age with grace, strength, and beauty at age fifty and beyond. it’s our choice to make.
after the age of fifty things begin to change in our bodies. fifty-one is the average age of menopause. once we hit postmenopausal (twelve months without menstruating) we produce less estrogen and are at a greater risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and depression. which is why it’s more important than ever to take care of our bones, stay active, eat right, train our brain, get enough sleep, have a healthy gut, and treat our skin with kindness. for half a century or more, we’ve earned confidence and wisdom that comes along with aging. now it’s time to enjoy every minute of it. healthy habits will help us live our happiest days.
age 59 before incorporating FASTer Way to Fat Loss
this blog is dedicated to aging with grace, strength, and beauty. of course, y’all love the outfits i put together but if there’s one thing i’ve learned it’s that no outfit will look good if the person wearing it isn’t healthy. for the past three years, January 2018 to be exact i’ve supported a program that teaches women and men how to achieve a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise. why do i keep sharing FASTer Way to Fat Loss? because it works. it’s not a program with pre-packaged foods that you buy for a month, stick to religiously, then go back to your old habits. slimming down starts with our mouth. so cleaning up our diet is a top priority. FASTer Way to Fat Loss will do just that. yes, we can learn how to lose belly fat fast after 50. FWTFL teaches how to incorporate intermittent fasting, carb cycling, and exercise into your life.
for the past fifty years, we’ve been told to cut calories and exercise more. right?! wrong. while exercise is key to staying active, our diet is the most important factor in aging well. if i’ve said it once, i’ve said it a million times you can’t out-exercise a poor diet. it took me sixty years to let that one fact sink in. and we’ve also been fed a lie that it’s natural to gain weight as we age. especially fat around our mid-section. while it’s easy to gain weight after the age of fifty it isn’t impossible to lose it. if you are interested in how to lose belly fat fast after 50 and improving your eating habits, the next round of FASTer Way to Fat Loss begins Monday, May 31st.
Make the dressing: In a blender, combine all the ingredients with a pinch of salt and a couple of cracks of pepper and blend until smooth. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.
Make the salad: Divide the lettuce amont 4 large or 6 medium salad bowls. Top with the beet, cucumber, carrots, and radishes, then with the mint and pomegranate seeds.
In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin, sunflower, and hemp seeds and sprinkle the mixture over the top of each bowl. Finish off the salads with a drizzle of dressing.
since i have been on a health journey for the past three years, every step of the way has been dedicated to educate myself and incorporate a nutrition philosophy that’s a way of life. food is medicine, food is powerful, and nutrient-rich foods can impact your health and your life. when we make the right choices, our quality of life will improve, not just our pants size. although that will change too! this blog and social channels are dedicated to aging with grace, strength, and beauty, and it all begins with our diet. for the past two months, i’ve been testing multiple products from Sakara, a plant-based company founded by two females – Danielle and Whitney. Sakara’s mission: Nourish your body and change your life. We deliver organic, plant-rich meals and products to doorsteps nationwide. Sakara also has a fantastic cookbook available, Eat Clean Play Dirty, loaded with delicious recipes. this cookbook truly is amazing, and i’ve loved every recipe to date. no, i’m not a vegetarian, i’m a flexitarian as i will always love a good steak or hamburger. and i don’t believe in restriction or guilt. it’s all about balance which sometimes means having that glass of wine instead of a green smoothie. but i do enjoy plant-based meals that nourish my body because it’s a long-term and sustainable way of taking care of me.
what i hate about being single is cooking for one, which is why i’ve experimented with a number of meal service deliveries. two of my favorites are Hello Fresh and Daily Harvest. but when i stumbled on Sakara, i knew i was hooked. not only are their meals delivered to your front door, but all of the ingredients are fresh and organic. meal plans include their signature program (i use their 5-day meal plan), detox (i tried this and highly recommend), eat pretty (this is next on my list), 10-day reset, and brides. if you’re interested in trying out Sakara for yourself, use code XOBETHD for 20% off your first purchase. but there are other ways to incorporate Sakara into your life besides meal plans. try any product from their Clean Boutique (i love their bars and probiotic chocolates) and use code XOBETHD for 20% off your first purchase. you’re welcome!
exercise is key to lose belly fat after 50. it benefits our bones, muscles, and heart. staying physically active also keeps our brains young. the hippocampus (the part of the brain associated with memory) shrinks as we age, leading to cognitive impairment. but research shows that exercise can lead to an increase in the hippocampus even if it’s only a forty-minute brisk walk several times a week. but we should incorporate three types of exercise into our routine for optimal health:
strength training to develop our muscles and increase our bone density, which is critical for the prevention of osteoporosis. the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism becomes. strengthening your muscles surrounding and supporting joints will prevent injuries. stronger muscles better hold your joints in position. many of you ask how i can wear heels at the age of sixty-two. it’s simple – weight training, which keeps my legs strong. if you don’t use your muscles, you will lose them. so go pump some weights.
cardio exercise gets our hearts pumping and large muscle groups working. cardio exercises our hearts and can also help lower blood pressure. regular physical activity can also help lower blood sugar and help regulate insulin levels. and it can help boost your mood. there’s nothing better than a sweaty workout to get those endorphins flowing. ’nuff said.
low impact workouts like yoga or pilates help increase our flexibility and posture, which leads to better balance. both are wonderful exercises to incorporate for toning and strengthening all of the muscle groups. now that’s a win/win because we all want to avoid falls at this stage of the game.
this program is based on eating whole, clean foods, and it’s something i can do for life. it is a gluten-free and dairy-free program, but i know lots of women who have had success without being dairy-free. and you can drink wine or a cocktail as long as it fits into your macros. eating well and not starving myself makes my body happy! ladies, the only way to age with grace, strength, and beauty is with a healthy lifestyle that starts with a healthy and stable weight. if you need help and encouragement, the next round of FASTer Way to Fat Loss starts May 31st. this program will change your life. it changed mine.