The ONE Major Reason You’re Not Losing Weight Over 50

The ONE Major Reason You’re Not Losing Weight Over 50

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ONE Major Reason You're Not Losing Weight Over 50

The new year is almost here and a lot of us will focus more on losing weight and getting healthier.

In fact, this is the time when the battle against weight gain becomes increasingly challenging, especially for those of us over 50. 

Despite adopting seemingly healthy habits, many find themselves struggling to shed those stubborn pounds.

The rituals of regular workouts and mindful eating become a testament to your dedication to well-being.

Even with all of these efforts, the scale often becomes frustrating because it tells a story that does not match your goals. 

So, what’s causing this? Why are women over 50 not losing weight despite all these efforts? 

Well, based on my experience in this stage of life as well as that of the women in our fabulous community, there’s something that has always been a common issue, and it is the ONE major reason you’re not losing weight if you are over 50. 

The gradual decline in metabolism that accompanies aging.

So today, let’s break it down. Let us talk about the metabolic slowdown of aging, how it affects weight loss for women over 50, and how to overcome it. 

This new year, we’re committed to losing weight, embracing a healthy lifestyle, and living our best lives.

With determination as our guide, nothing can impede our journey towards a brighter, healthier future.

The Metabolism Shift: Why You Are Not Losing Weight Over 50

The vibrant world of life after 50 makes weight management unique for women.

Since I have gone through the ups and downs, I want to share insights that could help many women in our age group. 

Metabolism shifts, often overlooked, are crucial to losing stubborn weight.

The body maintains life through metabolism. It involves turning food and nutrients into energy, which is a very important part of controlling weight.

Since women’s metabolisms tend to slow down as they get older, it becomes harder for them to keep or reach a healthy weight.

There are a number of reasons why metabolism slows down during and after menopause, which usually starts around age 50. One main cause is the loss of muscle mass.

Fat does not burn as many calories as muscle does, even when it is not doing anything.

Hormonal changes, especially a drop in estrogen, can cause women to lose muscle mass as they get older, which can slow down their metabolism.

In addition, lifestyle choices like not exercising enough and eating poorly can make the metabolic slowdown worse.

A sedentary lifestyle can make it harder to lose weight because it can cause you to lose more muscle and slow down your metabolism.

You can read more about this in one of the articles in my Menopause series: Ways to Boost Your Metabolism After Menopause

The Caloric Puzzle

The ONE Major Reason You're Not Losing Weight Over 50

As women turn 50, metabolic shifts and age-related factors create a caloric conundrum that must be understood. Research shows that caloric needs decrease with age, emphasizing the need to adjust diets. 

Studies show that women’s caloric needs change with age. At the age of 50, the body necessitates approximately 200 fewer calories per day compared to the energy demands at the youthful age of 20, assuming consistent levels of activity. 

As women reach 60, the recommended caloric reduction rises to 400–500 calories less than in their 20s. These findings emphasize the importance of matching caloric intake to body needs as we age.

The research recommends 2,000 calories a day for moderately active women up to 50. The turning point occurs after 50, requiring a 1,800-calorie reduction to accommodate metabolic changes with age.

This research emphasizes the need for a customized diet to maintain health and well-being in old age.

With research-backed knowledge, women can make informed caloric choices to thrive in every stage of life.

Metabolism Boosters

Many people think that working out hard will produce huge results, but I believe that a more measured and balanced approach is better. 

A healthy balance of moderate physical activity and smart calorie reduction, lasting thirty to sixty minutes every day, is the key to managing weight well.

There are a number of tried-and-true ways to speed up your metabolism, such as:

Eat a balanced breakfast

Start your day off right with a hearty breakfast that is full of important nutrients.

The morning meal sets the tone for the rest of the day’s metabolism.

Then, eat a moderate lunch and a lighter dinner to keep your energy up and help your body use calories more efficiently.

Eat lean protein

Fish, chicken, eggs, and tofu are all lean protein sources that you can add to your diet.

In addition to helping muscles grow, these protein-rich foods keep you full for a long time, which keeps you from snacking and helps you keep your valuable muscle mass.

Do strength training workouts

Make it a priority to include strength training in your workouts. In addition to shaping your body, building muscle mass burns a lot of calories, even when you are not working out.

This planned focus on strength can lead to long-lasting metabolic benefits.

When you do these things, you not only speed up your metabolism, but you also start a long-term, all-around plan for your health. 

Remember that the key is not in extremes but in the balance of healthy eating and mindful exercise. This will make you healthier and give you more energy.

READ ALSO: Is Weight Lifting for Women Over 50 a Good Idea?

Nutritional Navigation

The ONE Major Reason You're Not Losing Weight Over 50

When you want to speed up your metabolism, it is important to know how to navigate the complicated world of nutrition.

Instead of giving in to fad diets or extreme measures, you can take a more thoughtful and long-lasting approach by making smart food choices and eating with awareness.

There are foods that are very good at speeding up your metabolism, and here are some of them:

1. Spicy foods with capsaicin

Spicy foods, especially capsaicin-rich chili peppers, can boost metabolism.

Although capsaicin is known to have thermogenic properties, it can raise body temperature, which makes the body burn more calories.

Together, this and the spicy taste give your metabolism a real boost.

2. Green tea

Green tea is known to speed up your metabolism and is praised for its high antioxidant content and many health benefits.

It also contains catechins, caffeine, and other bioactive compounds that have been linked to better fat oxidation and more calorie burning.

This makes it a great addition to a diet that is good for your metabolism.

3. Hydration and clean eating

There is no doubt that staying properly hydrated is essential for optimal metabolic function.

At the same time, clean eating is popular, which encourages people to choose whole, nutrient-dense foods over heavily processed ones.

Avoiding fried foods and drinking too much alcohol can also help create an environment that is good for the metabolism.

Choose whole foods that are high in nutrients over foods that have been processed a lot.

Not only do these foods give you important nutrients, but they also take more energy to digest, which could help your metabolism speed up a little.

You should also eat foods like avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil that are high in healthy fats.

READ ALSO: The Best Foods To Boost Your Metabolism Over 50

Hormones, Medications, and Individuality

1. Heredity and genetic predispositions

Hereditary factors greatly affect metabolism. Women over 50 can be more likely to gain weight or have trouble losing weight, depending on their genes.

Even though genes play a big role, making changes to your lifestyle and making smart decisions can still be very important for managing and improving metabolic health.

2. Hormonal changes

Changes in hormones, especially in women, can have a big effect on metabolism.

Hormones can change during times like menopause, which can affect how your weight is distributed and your metabolism.

Being aware of these changes lets you take a more targeted and well-informed approach to managing your metabolic health.

3. Impact of medications

Antidepressants and steroids are two examples of medicines that can change your metabolism and cause weight gain or loss.

People who want to effectively control their weight need to be aware of these possible side effects.

It is important to have an open conversation with your healthcare professionals to look into other medications or complementary methods that lessen these effects.

4. Talk to healthcare professionals

Open communication with doctors is key to understanding how heredity, hormonal changes, and medication affect metabolism.

Women over 50 can work with their healthcare team to customize strategies by sharing concerns, experiences, and goals.

A holistic approach that considers intrinsic and external factors is needed to understand metabolism.

Recognizing the roles of heredity and medication empowers women over 50 to make informed decisions and communicate with healthcare professionals to find personalized and effective metabolic well-being solutions.

READ ALSO: Signs You Have a Hormonal Imbalance and How To Treat It

Closing Thoughts

Women over 50 have to deal with a lot of different things in order to lose weight. Understanding the metabolic shift is the key to long-term success. 

We can start a journey to a healthier, more powerful version of ourselves by incorporating these ideas into our daily lives. 

Let us appreciate the experience that comes with age and walk this path together.

♡ Love ♡,


About me

Schellea Fowler, the visionary founder of Fabulous50s, brings over three decades of small business leadership and expertise to her legacy. Not only has she excelled personally, but she has also become a mentor, generously sharing her wealth of experience with emerging entrepreneurs. After retiring at 50 in 2016, Schellea’s commitment to continuous growth led her to pursue additional qualifications. A qualified fitness instructor, she is presently continuing her master trainer program, specializing in exercise for older adults. Through Fabulous50s, Schellea remains devoted to her vision of empowering and inspiring women to embrace and celebrate their current stage of life. Her additional qualifications include: Neuro Athletics Coaching Certificate (NACC) from Neuro Athletics, Meditation Teacher Training from Yoga Coach, Fashion Styling from the Australian Style Institute, and Advanced Personal Colour Analysis from AOPI.
Above all, Schellea’s mission is simple yet profound: to support women in embracing the aging process with confidence and grace.

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2 Responses

  1. Schellea, your comments are so true, I’m now 54, and since Covid I have been gaining weight, feeling horrible about myself (my husband still tells me I’m gorgeous), last summer I went to the Doctor (pushed by my wonderful husband) because I was becoming obnoxious, I’m now on HRT, feeling better in myself and better in myself than I have in year, but the added pounds need to go. I want to be the slimmer me from my 30’s not the skinny me from my 20’s. Your workout, and your attitude is just what I need, I’m at the start of my journey, give me 6 months and I will let you know how I’m doing.

    Sending love ❤️


    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with me Anglela. 🌸 Go you! Every single day that you’re showing up, know that you’re doing something to make a difference for yourself.​🤗 Keep up the great work! 💪💕

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