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Old 06-02-2014, 07:43 AM   #1
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TOO OLD TO LOSE WEIGHT?!?!

I had a yearly exam last week. My doctor asked if I had any concerns since my last visit. I said yes, that I've gained 10 lbs that I can't seem to lose (two weeks of perfect induction, ketosis the whole time, and no weight loss!) She said maybe I had to accept that at my age (45) my body it's going to hold on to weight and I should focus on not gaining anymore. Needless to say, I am more determined to lose than ever before. I just hope I can prove her wrong!

I know getting to my low is probably not realistic anymore. It was too hard to maintain even 10 years ago. But getting to 140 is realistic if I was there last year I think.

Anyone else struggle in their 40s like me?
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:51 AM   #2
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I was in my late 60s when I lost all my weight, and in addition to being post-menopausal, I'm hypothyroid. And I've been maintaining my loss for the past 4 years.

However, you are at an age when our bodies prepare for the end of child-bearing, and the metabolism begins to slow. Thus, you may find that you need less food than you usually eat. Regardless of plan, there's no weight loss without a caloric deficit.

Good luck. I suspect your doctor thought she was being 'realistic' because she's seen so many women unable to lose as they age. But it can be done--and you should demonstrate this for her
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:00 AM   #3
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Yep I gained 25 in my 40's, some hormonal with the traditional middle age spread around my belly, mainly for me, it was not having the energy I once had, quite a bit of laziness and just generally not caring, really oh and too much daily wine, became a big factor.

I took the bull by the horns in the last year and a half, cut out the booze, cut the carbs and the fat and consistently counted my calories and dropped 28lbs I just turned 50 and have never felt better, it's commitment, a lot of tweaking my diet, to see what works for me, but totally doable.
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I am 43, and I can tell you that my weight loss has been much more slower than the last time I did Atkins, in my late 20's. Back then, the weight flew off and I paid no attention to calories. Now, even with no cheats, I've found that the scale doesn't move at all unless I combine low calorie with low carbing.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:36 AM   #5
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When I was early 20's came off easily and went down to 116 - I'm never going there again, I know it.

Now I'm late 40's and it takes more work - but, I'm also smarter and more moderate about my choices.

You might have a bigger challenge reaching a cosmetic low, but 140 sounds very doable. At 40, I got to 137 and stalled for months. My guess, while my current goal is 135, I'll be happy with the 140's.
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I started gaining weight in my late 30s, lost it doing LC when I was 42, and maintained that for about 7 years. Then after the menopause, I was too tired and depressed to care, and also took the view that I needed all the nutrition I could get, and too much food was better than too little. Any time I cut back, either on carbs or calories, I lost weight, but felt even worse. At 52 I felt ready to deal with it again (with alternate day dieting and moderate carbs — I couldn’t face going very low again). Now (at 53) I weigh what I did in my 20s.

My total range has been about 30 lbs. I’m now around 112 and 5' 2"
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:51 AM   #7
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my Dr told me the #1 complaint of women over age 40 is they cant seem to lose weight no matter what they try.

I notice it was hard at age 40 but now damn near impossible at 46. I can certainly tell the difference. I work out almost daily, eat good and still struggle. It can be done though. good luck.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:06 AM   #8
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I am 63 and have lost over 25 pounds since April 2013.
Not fast, but also not that hard (although some days are hard). I've slipped up a few times, but always get back to plan.
I had to give up alcohol and nuts. When they find their way back in, my loss stalls.
I eat very little fruit.
My goal is 15 more in the next year. I'll take what I get, but I will continue with this way of eating. I can't control the scale, but I can take care as to what I put in my mouth.

Yes you can lose. I got fat in my 40s and 50s, but I was in deep denial for a long time. You may have to stay near induction levels for a long time, though. You sound determined, so that is half the battle, imo.

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Old 06-02-2014, 09:06 AM   #9
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I had a yearly exam last week. My doctor asked if I had any concerns since my last visit. I said yes, that I've gained 10 lbs that I can't seem to lose (two weeks of perfect induction, ketosis the whole time, and no weight loss!) She said maybe I had to accept that at my age (45) my body it's going to hold on to weight and I should focus on not gaining anymore. Needless to say, I am more determined to lose than ever before. I just hope I can prove her wrong!

I know getting to my low is probably not realistic anymore. It was too hard to maintain even 10 years ago. But getting to 140 is realistic if I was there last year I think.

Anyone else struggle in their 40s like me?
Hi Pgh,
I am in my very late 40's and have lost doing Atkins since Feb. Reading your post I have some thoughts/questions....You have been low carb for sometime if I am reading correctly. Did you just do your two week induction phase? I am thinking that perhaps if you have been a long time LCer you didn't have any water weight to lose since that is a huge part of what is lost in induction.

For me I am at 20-25 carbs a day with a calorie intake of 1200-1400 aday. I do not lose quickly but it is working even being nearly 50. You would think all the hot flash sweating would come with weight loss, but no just a really cruel joke on natures part...it dosen't even count as exercise...

Best wishes I am sure you can take off 10 pounds, you may just have to change up what worked before.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:15 AM   #10
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Im 59 (shhhhh) I lost 21 lbs in 5 months...slow? yep....steady...yep its harder...just takes more consistency ...cant cheat much without it coming back to haunt me..I do exercise regularly..which helps in all kinds of ways...Im a sz 2-4..you can do it...!!!

I must clarify..I didn't weigh from 8/13-11/11/13..I worked on establishing a pattern of eating and exercising first..my goal then was to fit in a dress for dinner at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant for our 40th anniversary...and to run..jump..leap..and climb my way through Europe!!!! I achieved that goal and weighed when I got back from the trip
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:18 AM   #11
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Ugh I've never had to count calories with low carb before but it sounds like it's the way to go now. Do any if you use an app for that?
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:19 AM   #12
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And I am hypothyroid but it is managed well. I'm on a t3/t4 compound. My doc actually had boosted my t3 last fall to help with weight loss lol
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You don’t necessarily have to actually count calories all the time. When I was doing LC, I just did a spot check every so often, and tracked in more detail for a while if necessary. Once I realised the high calorie stuff wasn’t free, I didn’t need to keep track of the actual numbers.

It’s been the same with alternate day or 2 days per week dieting. I can’t go mad with calories, but I don’t need to weigh and record every mouthful. For me the tracking is a tool to use when I need it, but not something I have needed to do every single day.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:39 AM   #14
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Well, in my 20's, I easily surpassed my goal and got to 110 pounds at 5'5". Now, at 39, it is more difficult. My new goal is 130 and I am continuly between 2-5 away from it. I can't seem to quite get there, though I am very close. I strive for clean eating and minimizing cheats (though I do allow them occassionally). As far as calories, I don't count them, but am aware of my hunger signals. I stop when I'm full even if I want to keep eating. This helps cut down on calories without counting. I plan to continue like this until it become absolutely necessary to keep better track.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:21 AM   #15
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At 53, it's a lot harder for me to lose weight than it was even 12 years ago. But it's possible: I just have to be more careful. The more fat in my diet, the easier it is for me to lose weight or maintain at goal. Good luck! There are lots of trackers out there that do count carbs and calories--but I don't think forum rules allow us to name them. If you google weight loss app, you'll find plenty of them.

Edited to add: the app I use is actually listed on the forum tools page: loseit. Google weight loss app, and it's the third one down. It's also listed here on the forum page: http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/tools.html

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and however old you are, however difficult it is, it will be worse later, so we need to just do everything we can now AND later! good luck.
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:24 AM   #17
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Hi Pgh,
I am in my very late 40's and have lost doing Atkins since Feb. Reading your post I have some thoughts/questions....You have been low carb for sometime if I am reading correctly. Did you just do your two week induction phase? I am thinking that perhaps if you have been a long time LCer you didn't have any water weight to lose since that is a huge part of what is lost in induction.

For me I am at 20-25 carbs a day with a calorie intake of 1200-1400 aday. I do not lose quickly but it is working even being nearly 50. You would think all the hot flash sweating would come with weight loss, but no just a really cruel joke on natures part...it dosen't even count as exercise...

Best wishes I am sure you can take off 10 pounds, you may just have to change up what worked before.
Well, no I haven't been low carb consistently After reaching my goal over ten years ago, I've done induction when some pounds creep on and it has always worked. So when I started this time, I expected to at least lose some water weight but didn't. I'm really thinking that calories matter for me now.

I am going to check out the app recommended above.

Thanks to everyone for all the good ideas and encouragement!
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:35 AM   #18
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At 49 I lost 90 pounds.
It can be done.
I just can't seem to lose more right now but I will die trying.

I would be looking for a new doctor.
You don't need discouragement you need encouragement.

You can do it. It just takes commitment, clean eating, determination, and faith that you will get it done.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:01 PM   #19
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Yes, at 46-yo I've found it to be much harder. I've gained about 15# in the past two years. After a great vacay and not-so-great pictures, I'm getting serious again. I know I just have to take it one day at a time, because I refuse to GAIN one more pound. If slow and steady wins the race, then so be it.

We can do this!

BTW, you can change your food diary tracking under settings. It allows you to add and remove the nutrients you want shown.

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Old 06-02-2014, 01:06 PM   #20
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I would be looking for a new doctor.
You don't need discouragement you need encouragement.

You can do it. It just takes commitment, clean eating, determination, and faith that you will get it done.
It was my ob/gyn who said this to me. My Dr who treats my thyroid is incredible. He will run labs to check my thyroid, adrenals, anything that might be a factor. I don't see him till August but if in the next week or two I still don't see any progress I'll have to see him. Sounds like I might be dealing with the same obstacles the rest of you my age group have dealt with tho
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My 73 year old friend lost 40 pounds from October to June. No exercise at all. She never cheated and didn't overeat.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:12 PM   #22
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My 73 year old friend lost 40 pounds from October to June. No exercise at all. She never cheated and didn't overeat.
Wow amazing!!! Good for her!
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It does get harder as we age my LC doctor says. So, we have to be perfect most of the time to lose weight.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:45 PM   #24
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I'm 82 years old. I started LC 10 months ago. My loss has been slow, but I am losing, not gaining. I have lost 21 lbs. and I feel great. It is harder to lose when you are older, but it can be done.

If I can do this, anyone can.

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Old 06-02-2014, 01:59 PM   #25
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You are so inspiring nikkipowell!
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I'm 48 going through menopause and I have lost 23 pounds over the last 11 weeks. I eat <20 carbs, 1200 -1400 cals a day, moderate fat and try to exercise 30 min 3 days/week, but have been so busy I have been slacking on the exercise. I am very diligent with portion control, though.
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:15 PM   #27
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You can do it. I've lost 30 pounds in four months. I'm 58, and hypothyroid, too.
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:20 PM   #28
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it might be harder, but it's certainly not impossible. I'm 49 and restarting and it's going well so far.
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:31 PM   #29
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Pgh,
Keep us posted, we are in your corner cheering

Another factor may be that 10# is not that much to lose, and if as you say you have gone on induction when weight has crept on. Your body may be telling you it's just going to take longer than two weeks from now on. (curses)
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It is a puzzle for some of us. I have tried most things to encourage weight loss over the past 4 yrs. after my initial losses of 50+ lbs.. I have learned that reducing my food to low levels has probably been one of the worst things I have done.

I heard a wise doctor say that to understand obesity, one should study starvation. That seems counterintuitive but given some thought it makes a lot of sense.

I would advocate moderating protein intake along with low carb.
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