Weight Loss For Men Over 50 – The 5 Proven Foundations
Fair Warning: This article is far more extensive (and valuable) than those generic “Top 10 weight loss tips” blogs that are cluttering the internet.
If you don't have 10-minutes to read this guide right now, bookmark it, and come back later. I promise that you will thank yourself for taking the time to read through this proven weight loss for men over 50 guide.
Now, if this is your first time to The Fit Father Project website, I want to formally introduce ourselves to you before diving into this powerful guide.
The weight loss strategies you're about to discover will not only help you lose weight – but also enable you to keep the weight off and stay fit, strong, and healthy for decades to come.
Like our Fit Father 30-Day Program member Jim (below) who totally transformed health at 62. In the rest of this article, we're going to show you our exact 5 step process of weight loss for men over 50.
Specifically, we're about to cover 5 foundations of weight loss for men over 50:
- Foundation #1: Finding your deep weight loss motivation & mindset.
- Foundation #2: Resetting your sleep schedule for easier weight loss.
- Foundation #3: Starting the simple “Fit Father” eating plan.
- Foundation #4: The difference between daily activity vs exercise.
- Foundation #5: Starting the time-efficient “Fit Father” workouts.
Foundation #1: Successful weight loss ALWAYS starts with the proper mindset first.
I'm not going to sugar coat this first foundational principle for you. Most guys over 50 who are trying to lose weight make one massive mistake…
The Mistake: guys try to focus on diets & workouts first BEFORE establishing the proper mindset and motivation.
YES, the proper healthy diet and workout plan is extremely important for your weight loss (we'll cover that in Foundations #3-5)…
YET, diet and exercise is the wrong place to start. We need to first do some “inner work” on your mindset and motivation to ensure that you'll actually stay consistent with the best eating & exercise strategies you'll discover in this guide.
As a man in your 50’s looking to lose weight, I’m sure you’ve tried and failed at diets before. If so, you're not alone. I've been there personally too.
The “secret” to your weight loss success and long-term consistency boils down to the clarity you have on your deep internal motivations to lose weight.
Here's The Hard Fact: No diet or workout will ever help you if you can't stay consistent. And consistency is rooted in your mindset and motivation.
Here at the “FFP”, we call the process of uncovering your deep motivation finding your “Weight Loss Why Power.” Right now, I’m going to show you our “3 question” process that will help you discover your deep motivation to lose weight.
Ask Yourself This Question 3 Times In A Row…
The best way to fully understand WHY you want to lose weight is to ask yourself the following question
“Why do I want to lose weight…?”
This question is deceptively simple – yet there is a ton of value in it.
The first time you ask yourself this question, you may answer something like this:
I want to lose weight to get rid of those 20lbs hanging on my gut.
Good start. Now, ask yourself WHY again…
I want to get rid of those 20lbs so I feel confident in myself again and because I know I will be reducing my risk for all sorts of health issues that I saw my father face.
OK. We're digging a little deeper now. Ask yourself WHY again…
I want to feel more confident in myself and reduce my risk of disease, because, deep down, I'm scared that I am getting “over the hill” and not able to perform at work and life like I used to. I'm scared that I won't be around to see my grandchildren grow up.
Boom! Now we're getting to the good stuff.
In this example, we've finally found some of the deep emotions that will fuel weight loss success. Now, we'll turn things around into a positive mission statement that will FUEL your weight loss success:
I know that I need to lose the 20lbs to ensure that I continue to perform like the man that I am… and so that I will be around to take care of my family and see my grandchildren grow up.
Quite frankly, digging deep like this into your true reasons for wanting to lose weight takes a ton of courage. It's one of the bravest things you can do. You come face to face with the fears and insecurities all of us guys have – regardless of our age and current weight.
Most guys over 50 simply don't take the time to really get clear on this deep “emotional work” before starting the diet. Neglecting this mindset component is a guaranteed path to failure.
When you have alignment between deep emotion and the best weight loss eating & workout strategies, you will be on the surefire path to winning.
Here's My Challenge For You: I want to challenge you to do this process RIGHT NOW. Ask yourself why at least 3 times and jot down your answers.
Foundation #2: After the proper mindset, ensure you're getting a minimum of 7 hours sleep per night.
Do you get that horrible, tired, grumpy feeling in the morning where all you want to do is reach for something strong and sugary to make you feel human again? If you do, you’ll know exactly where I’m coming from here.
The next stage in your weight loss for men over 50 plan is to look at how much sleep you're getting and how much you should be getting to help you effectively lose weight.
Here's the cold-hard fact: If you’re sleeping less than 7 hours per night, your body will be very resistant to losing weight.
That groggy feeling I just mentioned is mainly caused by an imbalance in some of the important hormones that dictate how your body operates.
Specifically, here's what happens to your body when you miss sleep:
- Your body becomes very bad at “processing” carbs – leading to fat gain.
- Your body's fat-burning and appetite surpressing hormones (like leptin) decrease – making you feel hungry all the time.
- Your body's hunger stimulating hormone (ghrelin) increases – making you feel even hungrier.
- Your body's stress hormone (cortisol) increases – making you feel on-edge and more prone to store fat.
The Take-Home Point: proper sleep is an absolutely ESSENTIAL component of the proper weight loss for men over 50 plan.
If you're missing sleep, no amount of healthy dieting or exercise will help you lose weight over the long-term. That's why we are so adamant about covering the importance of sleep before talking about food and exercise (coming up next).
As you move through your 40’s and into your 50’s, you’re probably feeling that your energy levels are taking a bit of a dip too, so making sure you get more sleep will naturally help keep you more spritely and energetic.
I’m sure you weren’t expecting to read about weight loss and be told to sleep more, but that’s how it is. 7 hours minimum sleep is necessary to keep your weight loss on track and your hormones in check.
Foundation #3: Instead of another quick fix diet, change your eating habits for the long term.
Fact #2: The proper healthy eating plan (after sleep & mindset) is the #1 most important factor in your weight loss success.
In fact, healthy eating is far more important than exercise when it comes to losing weight as a guy over 50.
That's why we are going to take a few minutes in this section to cover our Fit Father approach to simplifying healthy eating for weight loss. We call this strategy “Building Perfect Plates.”
Here's What An Ideal Weight Loss Meal Should Look Like…
Our perfect plates are made up of ¼ of your plate as Protein, ¼ of your plate as Carbs and ½ your plate as veggies. It's basic but very effective.
- Choose a lean protein source: like Turkey, Chicken, Lean Beef or Tuna.
- Combine that with a healthy carbs source: like Sweet Potato, Brown Rice or Quinoa.
- Fill up the rest of your plate with a good color mix of veggies.
To make things easy, we suggest pre-planning, cooking and storing your food for at least the next few days. I find it easiest to cook on Sunday for Monday to Wednesday, then on Wednesday for Thursday to Sunday. For 3 adults, this takes me just 1 hour each time.
Make proper hydration a part of your overall eating plan.
I'm sure you already know the importance of proper hydration, so I'll save you the lecture. I'll just give you a few short pointers that I would encourage you to follow:
- Drink 2-2.5 liters of water per day.
- Drink your first 0.5 liters within 30 minutes of waking.
- Use an aluminium drinks bottle for the same reason we recommend glass containers for your food.
- Keep your bottle close by throughout the day, to ensure regular hydration.
I cannot encourage you enough to make good nutrition a lifelong plan and always remember the FFP mantra:
“You can't out exercise a bad diet”
Foundation #4: Make 30 minutes daily activity your first exercise target.
Although the mantra I have just shared with you points out the high importance of having a great nutrition plan first and foremost, daily activity and formal exercise still feature as part of the structure for your weight loss for men over 50 plan.
We recommend starting with 30 minutes daily activity as this could be almost anything you would do in your daily life, like gardening, cleaning the car or doing some DIY.
Doing something you enjoy, that gets you moving and slightly out of breath is an excellent way to burn excess calories and shift belly fat, whilst increasing your cardiovascular strength and keeping you fit and healthy.
You could also extend this a little, to more full on activities such as Hiking, Kayaking or Swimming. The key at this stage is to keep the activity reasonably low impact, so those mentioned above would be great ones to start with.
As you get into your 50’s, unfortunately your metabolism starts to slow and muscle loss occurs at a faster rate than in your 30’s and 40’s. Daily activity is necessary to keep your metabolism raised and your muscle loss to a minimum.
It also helps with blood flow and joint mobility, both of which will help limit joint soreness and alleviate general aches and pains.
Once you are used to doing 30 minutes of daily activity or feel that you need to push yourself a bit harder, you can move on to formal exercise programs which we’ll take a look at below.
Foundation #5: Once you have mindset, sleep, eating, and daily activity in place – start some formal workouts.
Once you have decided that it’s time to move on to more formal exercise, there are a few types of plans you can follow to help achieve different things. My suggestions are:
Low impact, high intensity interval training (HIIT):
HIIT workouts are used to increase your metabolic rate and also your cardiovascular fitness. These workouts are great fun and can be done easily on any piece of cardio equipment. HIIT is done by going through a series of short, high-intensity bursts of effort followed by similar duration periods of rest or active rest.
For example, you could speed walk on a treadmill at 6-7km/h with a gradient of 1% to start, then follow this cycle:
- 3-5 minute warm up.
- 20 minutes alternating 1 minute at 6% gradient and 1 minute at 1% gradient.
- 5 minute cool down.
- All body, static stretches.
Full body strength training:
Strength training is perfect for increasing or maintaining lean mass and is helpful in two particular areas, namely bodily strength and increased weight loss.
An increase in your overall strength and muscle mass will help your body to remain stable and will improve balance and proprioception, as well as being more metabolically active and therefore burning calories like a lit furnace.
You can do your strength training using either body-weight or weights. Personally, when training a guy like you, I would always start with bodyweight.
The reason being that it works smaller stabilizer muscles within the body and conditions you to use weight without over-exerting yourself.
An all body strength routine would include:
- Squats for legs
- Lunges for legs
- Press ups for Chest, Shoulders and Triceps
- Pull ups for Back, Shoulders and Biceps
- Bench dips for Triceps
Flexibility and Mobility:
As a man with half a century of wear and tear under his belt, you may be getting some aches and pains in your muscles and joints.
If you are, you will find a flexibility and mobility routine to be a godsend. They are designed to stretch out your muscles to ease the aches and mobilize your joints to reduce any pain.
As a basic suggestion, I would do static stretches and mobility exercises at the end of every activity or exercise session.
I will be posting some videos here shortly, but in the meantime stretch each muscle, holding the stretches for 30 seconds each.
For mobility, mobilize every joint that hasn’t been already. E.g. If you have been walking, mobilize your upper limbs by doing shoulder rolls or arm swings. If you have been kayaking, mobilize your lower limbs by doing high knee marching, heel flicks, and ankle circles.
Formal exercising such as this is really the last stage you should undertake in a weight loss plan for men over 50 as believe it or not; it really is the least important. If you have a sound nutrition regime and are active for at least 30 minutes each day, losing and controlling your weight will be a doddle.
Summary: Taking your weight loss for men over 50 plan forward.
I know you are in this now for the long game and a sustainable plan is what you need. The information that you have read here is not a diet that will last you 6 weeks or a workout plan to get you 6 pack abs.
It’s a sensible, sustainable lifestyle plan that you can use from now on, to keep you healthy, energetic, fit and strong for you and your family.
The essential points to remember for this plan are:
- Ask yourself why you want to lose weight, at least 3 times and jot it down.
- Use your DEEP why to get your mindset right.
- Sleep a minimum of 7 hours each night.
- Use our ‘Perfect Plates' method in your healthy nutrition lifestyle.
- Do 30 minutes of activity every day.
- Use formal exercise sessions if and when necessary.
If you would like to know anything specific, drop a comment in the comments box below, and we’ll be sure to follow up with you.
All the best in your new healthier lifestyle.
Small note about research cited in this article:
*Always remember: weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual. Just because these studies cite certain data does not mean you will experience these results/outcomes. Always consult with your doctor before making decisions about your health. This is not medical advice – simply well-researched information into weight loss for men over 50. Thanks for reading!