Friday, June 29, 2012

How to Lose Weight and Stay Healthy at 60+

Anyone out there who is over sixty (or maybe just over 50) knows how hard it is to take off weight and keep it off .  Weight loss is harder for older people than you might think... or that is, healthy weight loss.   So I was absolutely thrilled to read about how Low Fat Vegan Frederic Patenaude's mother, who is in the 55+  age group, lost 55 pounds in just 8 months (she still has another 15 to go to reach her ideal).    I'm excited because Frederic talks about what his mom now eats and what she avoids eating, and it really isn't too different from moi!  It actually fits in very closely with what most of us saw in the film "Forks Over Knives" and in Dr. John A. McDougall's new book  The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!   

So, do you wonder why it is so hard to lose weight when you are over 55? Speaking from experience, I think it is a combination of really jumbled up eating "habits" (yo-yo dieting, eating the wrong things, over-eating even the right things, rewarding habits (hmm... I've had such a crappy week I deserve XXX or I've done so well this week I deserve XXX and other 'habits' more closely affiliated with your life.) It gets harder (or for me) to make permanent changes the older I get. The traffic on those neuron highways in my brain that I use all the time is solid gridlock.

So, what wonderful news about Frederic's mom, for her, Frederic, and all of us who are battling the bulge into our twilight years... click to read the blog post where Frederic talks about the foods his mom eats, the ones she avoids, and what sort of exercise she gets. (Also see the beautiful Before and After pics of his mom!)
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