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Doing all the Right Things and Still Can’t Lose Weight?

weight loss over 50 imageArticle by Dr. Khandee Ahnaimugan (Dr. K)

Here is a question I was recently asked:

I am 53 and have been dieting since I was 14 I am bigger now than I have ever been and yet I watch what I eat and I exercise twice a week. Why is this?

Is there anything more frustrating than feeling like you’re doing all the right things and still not getting anywhere? And yet the situation described in this situation is so common, especially for women over 50. How can it be?

As I see it there are two parts to this question. The first part is the “watching what I eat” and the second part is “exercising twice a week”. Most people would consider these two actions to be the cornerstone of a successful weight loss regime. But for this woman (and countless others) it’s not enough.

So let’s look at each of these in turn.

When it comes to weight loss, I have heard many clients say that when they saw their GP asking for advice about losing weight, the first thing they were told was “join a gym”.

Exercise is NOT enough to lose weight

The first thing to say is that exercise is very good for your health. It has so many benefits for all aspects of your life. But when it comes to weight loss, exercise is NOT enough to lose weight.

This is not true for men. Men can use exercise alone to lose weight. And to an extent, for women in their twenties and thirties , they can use exercise to balance off excess eating. But for women over 50, exercise is not enough. You must reduce the calories you take in.

Which brings us to the second part. Why doesn’t watching what you eat cause you to lose weight.

It depends on what “watching what I eat” means.

Firstly, it could mean that you eat healthily. For example, eating lots of fruit and vegetables. This is very good for your health. But the fact is eating lots of fruit and veggies doesn’t mean you will necessarily lose weight.

This is because eating fruit and vegetables doesn’t affect your portion sizes. It doesn’t stop you snacking a lot. It doesn’t stop you having lots of high calorie foods in addition to the fruit and veggies.

Isn’t this quite annoying? Things that are good for your health, exercise and eating lots of fruit and veggies, are not enough to help you to lose weight. But when you think about it, it explains the experiences of thousands , if not millions of women around the world.

I watch what I eat

But what about people who, when they say “I watch what I eat”, they mean more than just eating healthily? These people really do watch their food portions, try and be careful about snacks and even their friends and family wonder how they can be overweight, since they hardly eat anything.

Generally I have found that people who say they’re careful, when you look at what they eat, they are actually careful. But crucially, they’re not careful all of the time. They might be careful 90% of the time. But the 10% of the time they’re not careful seems to slip under the radar. The 10% often involves snacking.

I’ll give you an example of one of my clients. When we first met, she said “I’m not really sure how I gain weight, because I’m very careful with what I eat. I don’t eat big portions, and I don’t eat a lot of bad foods.”

And over several weeks, with a food diary, we saw that she was indeed very good. She didn’t have huge portions. She was quite careful with what she ate. But… she did snack a lot. There was a lot of grazing; she often picked at food during the day. There were occasional times when she did indulge in chocolate; more than what she had thought.

So if you looked at her food diary, she was great for 90% of the time but the 10% was enough to ruin it. And over several weeks of working with her, she reduced that 10% down (without sacrificing quality of life) and she started losing weight. The fact that she lost weight showed that as careful as she thought she was being, she had some room to move. Otherwise she wouldn’t have lost weight. And that’s true of most people.

The problem here is it’s often very difficult to see it in yourself. It’s hard to be objective about what you’re eating. And even when you think that you’re being careful, you’re actually not.

Some people don’t like to hear this, because they are so sure that they this isn’t true of them. But in my experience, aside from exceptional cases where there might be a medical cause for weight gain, it’s true that people are not as careful as they think are and this is why they can’t lose weight.

So we can see that even when it seems like you’re doing all the right things, it may not be enough to lose weight. In future articles, we’ll be talking about what you can do to lose weight.

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Dr. Khandee Ahnaimugan (Dr. K)

Dr. Khandee Ahnaimugan (Dr. K) is a medical doctor, weight loss expert, bestselling author based in Harley Street, London. At his clinic, he helps women over 40 lose weight without dieting using a behavioural programme. Try his free "How to Lose Weight Without Dieting" 7 day e-course available from Dr. K's website (link below)

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  1. Dora Stalmans

    April 17, 2013

    I seem to put on weight when I am happy and content and lose weight when I am unhappy or stressed.

  2. Helen

    May 8, 2013

    I have always had a healthy lifestyle. When I reached 50, I found though that I was not able to maintain a healthy weight. For 10 years I have struggled, and my husband’s well meaning words kept echoing – age and hormones make us fat. I desperately wanted to disprove that. Last year, I read Dr Steven Gundry’s book “Diet Evolution” and when my husband returned home after a major heart operation at the end of July, we both went on the Diet Evolution program. My husband is now down from 125kg to just over 105kg and I have dropped a dress size (yay – I can wear skirts again without my bum sticking out!). For me, not eating grains was the icing on the cake – the thing that has helped me to lose those unwanted kilos! We both now have more energy. And my man has got his sparkle back!

    • Ntathu Allen

      May 15, 2013

      That’s wonderful Helen, am curious, can you share a bit more about the changes you made following Dr S Grundy’s book. Sounds like it works for you. Thanks

  3. Robbie

    August 7, 2013

    You are right. Exercise is not enough to lose weight, we also focus on our diet. If we are doing exercise regularly, but eating many calories leads to weight gain.

  4. Cheryl Stigliano

    November 20, 2013

    This information seens promising for women over 50 to get fit. I encourage combining strength training with nutritiion. If you are interested in learning about strength training to complement your weight loss program, click here:
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  5. Jean

    November 27, 2013

    I lost 30 lbs in a year in my mid 60s by these steps. Smaller portions (on smaller plates), no snacking, carbs 2ce a week only, exercise every weekday for around an hour, weekend walks. Also used the 5/2 fasting method and recipes.

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