Hi, I am a 52 year old male who has been fighting my weight my entire life. Bad genes in my family, both my sisters are big and my dad was also a large man. I’m finding the older I get the more difficult it is to lose weight. Stubborn fat for sure and I really want to get rid of it.
I admit bad eating habits are a problem and cravings are hard to control. I weigh approx. 230 lbs. and am 5’10 1/2″. I would like to at least get down to 190 lbs. I have 2 bad knees that eventually need replacements but I am able to climb stairs, walk fast, elliptical, etc. I just can’t run.
Can you recommend an exercise routine for someone my age to follow, weight training and cardio, to lose the weight? I already know I need to lose the junk food : )
The main reason why weight loss becomes harder as we grow older is because metabolism slows down in response to lowering muscle mass. Testosterone levels fall in men as the years pass by so it becomes harder to maintain a healthy level of muscle without taking action.
Due to knee problems I would recommend that you approach your weight loss in 3 ways:
1. Walking – regular (ideally daily) walks for around 45 minutes will burn around 200-250 Calories. This can have a big impact on your daily calorie balance and it will also improve your cardiovascular fitness.
You could also try cycling – this is a good low impact exercise and so good for those who have problems with their knees.
2. Weight Training – Weight training provides 2 functions – it builds muscles which boosts metabolism, and it also uses up energy, this aiding weight loss. Darvis Simms shared with us a weight lifting workout that he designed for over 50 year-olds.
You may want to leave out the leg press, depending on how your knees are. You can also do bodyweight partial squats instead – reduce the movement to avoid placing too much pressure on the knees.
3. Diet – Of course, you do need to look at your diet also. Your body needs less energy than it did 10 years ago, but it still requires good nutrition. Reduce total calories, but focus on cutting back on excessive “empty carbs”, such as bread, rice, pasta and baked foods (cakes, biscuits etc.).
One simple approach is to eat a much smaller breakfast and then have a light lunch. If you can handle much fewer calories in the morning then the occasional binge in the evening will not cause such a problem.
However, overall you really do need fewer calories now than you did 10 or so years ago, so changes have to be made. It is not a massive difference, but somewhere between 100 and 150 Calories a day less.
The key now is to do a little exercise often and take control of the diet.