There is only one pillar to losing weight …
Don’t get me wrong!
Exercise is very important however outperforming a bad diet is impossible.
No matter how much you walk or how much aerobic you do losing weight is not achievable with a bad diet.
But, If you control what you eat and how much you eat slimming down will be a breeze.
However, it isn’t so easy to find a good diet plan when you are over 40.
I found that out the hard way…
How I started
At 48,I put on an extra 7 pounds.
At first, I was not very worried about it. After all, 7 pounds isn’t that much weight.
I told myself that it was normal to gain a few pounds at my age.
I told myself I would go on a diet and lose those extra pounds in no more than a month.
..to make a long story short I kept putting of that diet until I was 50 and my situation worsened substantially.
In just two years I had gained 44 pounds.
I ballooned from 165 pounds to 209 pounds.
How fad dieting led me to sickness.
I was panicked …
And willing to try any diet as long as I would lose those 44 pounds.
SO … I went on a yo-yo style diet.
I was not allowed to eat starches. No pasta, no bread, no rice, no corn. I could only have fruit twice a week. Snacking was forbidden from eating after 6 pm was a big red light ..etc
At the time it seemed like a reasonable thing to do.
As a matter of fact, when I was younger I used to try a new fad diet every spring to get ready for beach season.
This diet didn’t seem very restrictive to me in comparison to what I was trying in my teens and twenties.
I persisted and stuck to it in hopes of good results.
If I get results then it’s worth it , right?
After 3 months of this diet, I was 3 pounds lighter.Woohoo!
But that was not all ladies I also lost a lot of hair, I lost all my energy …and I got anemia.
All that effort and discipline so I can become anemic.( in hindsight, It was very foolish of me to follow such a diet without the supervision of my doctor)
As you can imagine I was devastated by my first experience. but I did not want to give up.
How could I give up?
I wanted to feel beautiful again. I wanted to fit in all my favorites clothes and look good in them.
So after I recovered, I decided to give dieting a second chance.
This time I made sure to be supervised by my doctor and to look for a program that is adapted to women over 40.
How research helped :
During my quest, I realized that there were very few weight loss websites online dedicated to women my age. This pushed me to look deeper and do my own research.
I started reading scientific research in order to find the healthiest most effective diets. I noted their common points and differences.
And finally with the blessing of my doctor. I started trying them out.
I gave each diet a fair shot and stuck to it for 3 months.
And here is what I realized
suitable diets for women my age all consist of these things:
- they are all focused on bettering your health.
- These diets are not restrictive you can eat until you are full.
- The most successful diets for women over 40 are very flexible and easy to follow.
Doing my own research had helped me lose weight
but also helped me gain a lot of knowledge about dieting and healthy living in general.
That is why I created this website to help women going through the same find valuable information.
Here you can find healthy delicious recipes that I and my family enjoy. The best diets for women over 40.
And my review of new trending diets. Where I pick a diet that is trending and I see if it matches my criteria for a good diet and then try it myself to see the results.
Look around the website to find out more about losing weight after 40.