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Lose weight as you age? Yes, you can!
Written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
Remember my official proclamation last week? This is Dr. Kellyann’s Weight Loss Month—so between now and May, I’m going to load you up with tips and advice to help you take those extra pounds off fast.
And here’s something else I want to give you: Inspiration! I want you to know that no matter where you are on your life journey, transformation is possible.
Are you skeptical? Then let’s talk about one of the biggest weight-loss challenges there is: taking off pounds during perimenopause and menopause. This is when that extra weight really starts piling on, especially around your waist, and nothing—diet, exercise, even prayer!—seems to make a dent.
There are some good reasons for this weight gain. For instance, research indicates that reduced levels of estrogen can lower your metabolic rate, make you hungrier, and make fat accumulate around your waistline. In addition, you lose muscle mass as you age, decreasing the rate at which your body burns calories. The mid-life years are often filled with stress as well—especially if you’re in that “sandwich” zone with both kids and parents relying on you for help—and this stress can make you gain weight more easily.
So it sounds like the cards are totally stacked against you, right?
Every week in my clinical practice, I guide successful transformations involving women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. So I know it’s possible (and, in fact, not all that hard) to lose weight if you’re a woman who’s nearing, in, or past menopause. And a new study backs me up.
In this study, researchers asked 35 obese postmenopausal women to eat a diet very similar to the one I prescribe. It focused on lean meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and healthy fats like olive oil and avocado—and it cut out dairy products, cereals, refined fats, and sugar.
So what happened? Over the two years of the study, the women eating this diet lost weight, improved their cholesterol profile, and lowered their risk of diabetes and heart disease. And they did it without having to count calories.
So if you’re thinking that it’s too late for your transformation, think again! I don’t care if you’re in your 40s, 50s, or 60s—or even older. You can lose weight, feel younger, and dramatically reduce your risk of diseases of aging. And it all starts with those two little words: I can.
That said—why wait until you’re another day older to start changing your life? Celebrate Dr. Kellyann’s Weight Loss Month by starting the Bone Broth Diet now, and you’ll love what you see in the mirror in May!
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