• Have you noticed that some women manage to control their weight as they move past 50, past 60? They haven’t gone on diets but they still haven’t added additional pounds as their metabolism slowed and life changed.

    I decided to take an informal survey of these women. Instead of formal diets, they seem to kept off excess pounds through simple daily habits.

    Here are some that they mentioned:

    1. Walk with a Buddy 

    They are inspired to walk several times a week. Nancy says it’s much easier to get herself out the door if she know Mary is waiting for her.

    2. Eliminate the Cheese

    They remove the slab of mundane cheese which seems to appear on every sandwich and hamburger.  Dana said she has come to think of that kind of cheese as a slab of fat. (She does appreciate reasonable portions of fine French cheese.)

    3. Salad Dressing on the Side

    Janie says beware. Restaurants love to throw on far more than necessary. She occasionally uses just balsamic vinegar.

    4. Beware the Bacon

    It’s another unwelcome high fat, high calorie addition they avoid on sandwiches and meals.

    5. Lots of Salads  

    They often start meals with it. Sometimes its an entrée with a variety of additions. Jan can throw together so many ingenious and interesting variations.

    6. The Right Snacks 

    They keep crunchy little carrots, chunks of peppers, apples, celery, low cal crackers always ready and available for quick snacks to be eaten plain or with a hummus dip.

    7. Popcorn 

    They often have fresh microwave popcorn as a snack. It has few calories while satisfying the salty snack urge instead of reaching for chips and the like. (They definitely don’t touch the movie theater popcorn which is loaded with all the wrong things.)

    8. Periodic Veggie Meals, Veggie Days

    They go vegetarian for a meal or a day or two, periodically eliminating the fat and calories of meats. Maya says she began to stop craving meat after awhile.

    9. The Right Treats 

    They keep carefully selected treats on hand- they’ve researched the cookies, chocolate and other sweets that sensibly satisfy.  Diane needs a little chocolate every day but not a huge amount.

    10. Restaurant Meals

    Restaurant portions are so big they share one meal with a companion or take home half the meal. Gail says she used to feel intimidated about taking portions home but now it’s commonplace in restaurants. She also likes not having to cook another meal.

    11. Diet Sodas

    Oddly enough, almost to a person, they don’t drink them or drink them very little. Something about the chemicals or the taste or whatever, they don’t seem to be a habit with these women.

    12. No Skipped Meals

    These women seem to eat so they’re never hungry or unsatisfied. Julia says she knows that hunger leads her to more easily eat too much of all the wrong things.

    Do you have some little habits that help you?

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    Article by: Dianne Morris

    As a designer and entrepreneur, products for women have always been my focus. In my first company DianneSullivan Designs, I designed and made fun jewelry for young women to buy in boutiques and department stores. That company transitioned into Miraflores Designs which designed and supplied custom designed soap, shampoo and other toiletries for hotel chains including Hyatt, Sheraton and many others. After selling that company, my next company, Bay Linens, Inc, designed decorative bedding which was sold through Bloomingdales, Bed, Bath & Beyond and other retailers. Our home decor products, with the brand, China Seas, was sold at Isetan Department stores in Japan. At this stage of life I'm connecting with other women over 50 who want to examine their interests and to connect with each other. At ZestNow.com I want to gather useful information and inspiration for this new phase of life.

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    1. Alicechat2000@gmail.com' Alice2000 says:

      I like these ideas. I can never stick to a “diet”. They’re just too rigid for real life and it’s impossible to just stay hungry for very long!

      1. Dianne Morris says:

        I’m totally with you on that. Rigid doesn’t work for me either. Making better choices does.