Weight Loss

by Lissie

One last time I'm trying to loose extra weight for good. Yeah its not an ad so whether I succeed or not? Who knows - but I'm gonna try!

Nearly 50, female, not happy with my weight! Really, how unusual, NOT! I'm the queen of diets - been there done that as they say: Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, Grapefruit - done them all. Some of them even got me to lose weight - for a while. Didn't work long-term though.

This time - though its going to be different.

Weight Loss for the Over 50 Woman

Well not quite 50 - I have a few months to spare - so shall we say weight loss for the nearly menopausal woman anyways? This is my personal search for a long-term sustainable weight loss. 

Rapid Weight Loss 

I can do quick weight loss, I've done it lots of times before. You can read about my weight loss journey to date here: 

Time to get serious. I've been over weight for years - but now its starting to scare me - time to change. Danger ugly photos!

The trouble with rapid weight loss, is that the weight won't stay off for long that much I know. Rapid weight loss if fine if you are a boxer or jockey or some other professional that needs to be under a certain weight on a certain date. For the rest of us its not just a waste of effort, its also a great way to set yourself up for even more weight gain. 

An interesting study during WW2 proved that people who are starving become obsessed with food - to the point that the men in the study started collecting cook books (really not cool in 1940's America!) 

Why Starving Makes You Obsess About Food

The Minnesota Starvation Experiment, also known as the Minnesota Semi-Starvation Experiment, the Minnesota Starvation-Recovery Experiment and the Starvation Study, was a clinical study performed at the University of Minnesota between November 19, 1944 and December 20, 1945. The investigation was designed to determine the physiological and psychological effects of severe and prolonged dietary restriction and the effectiveness of dietary rehabilitation strategies. The motivation of ...

Foods for Weight Loss

So What Is Wrong With My Diet?

Well I don't think very bloody much to be honest! It would go maybe something like this on a typical day: 

  • 2 toast
  • 2 bacon (microwaved) 
  • tea 

several coffees (trim milk no sugar) later 

Christmas Day
Christmas Day


  • sandwich or small quiche
  •  coffee 


  • packet of chocolate biscuits, or lollies (candies) or chocolate several coffees 


  • gin and diet tonic (beer on a hot day ie not often) 
  • 1/2 a large packet of chips (crisps) 


  • another gin or maybe wine
  • balanced meal with 2-3 vegetables, lean meat (usually chicken), no added salt. 


  • chocolate or desert or cheese and biscuits (lots) 

Actually that's a bad day! I only do the afternoon chocolate run about 3 days a week, and actually we've already cut out the chips with the drinks before dinner (though not the drinks!) I probably only drink about 5 nights a week.

Best Weight Loss Diet .

For me - your mileage may vary

The trouble with most weight loss programs, whether they are pushing coconut oil or oolong tea, is that:

  • they are unreasonable and extreme and make you hungry
  • they won't work for everyone 

For some reason, the body is pretty conservative. I travel a lot, and a lots of tourists go to Asia and immediately get sick. They blame it on poor hygiene on the part of the locals. But the locals don't get sick, nether do I normally.

That's because I eat Asian food at home at least once a week. If you NEVER eat curry, rice or Tom Yum soup - what do you think your body is going to do if you suddenly start doing it two or three times a day. Stay home and camp in your local Chinatown - and eat local - see what happens - exactly the same I'm sure. 

My body is a finely tuned machine - it knows EXACTLY when its being starved and it slows down my metabolism ASAP, to wait until its usual chocolate quota is returned.  Frankly - short of a definite and immediate life-threatening disease, diagnosed by my doctor - I don't do hungry voluntarily! 

So I'm not quite sure why I tried fasting for weight loss, low-calorie diets, the lot. None of them worked, because they weren't sustainable - for me. 

Now some people I know can sustain being hungry and going low-calorie - I know a woman who has done it for decades - but not me - and not a lot of other people if I look around me! 

I Like Food - Its A Problem When Trying to Lose Weight!

Hai Long Bay, Vietnam
Hai Long Bay, Vietnam
Koh Samui market, Thailand
Koh Samui market, Thailand
Christmas Market, Berlin, Germany
Christmas Market, Berlin, Germany
Hoi An market, Vietnam
Hoi An market, Vietnam

Best Diet For Weight Loss

High Protein Low Carb

I've know for many years that I like protein: I'm afraid wouldn't even consider a vegetarian weight loss diet - because I would be bored inside a day. I like meat, fish, cheese, etc etc. 

What I didn't know about was the "Protein Leverage Hypothesis"  - which is a scholary study which  reported that when study participants lowered their protein in the diet from 15% to 10% they ate 12% more calories overall. Why? Because they were full and stopped eating. 

That sounds an awful lot like me. Its actually contrary to most "official food pyrmaid" guidelines 

The Food Guide Pyramid

Seems to fail most dieters most of the time - but still supported by governments
A food guide pyramid is a triangular or pyramid-shaped nutrition guide divided into sections to show the recommended intake for each food group. The first food pyramid was published in Sweden in 1974. The most widely known food pyramid ...

My Best Attempt At A Weight Loss Program


  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 bacon - fried with no added oil (I have magic wok that does this - briiliant!) 


  • Salad with cheese and/or salmon, tuna or chicken. 

I'll try to cut out the snacks and leave dinner alone for the moment - see if this still feels reasonable in a week! 

This is a diet in progress - I'll update as change things up and around and see what does and does not work! 

More About My Personal Weight Loss Journey

Weight Watchers isn't a bad weight-loss program, and its hugely popular. However there are free alternatives to Weight Watchers - which will help your waistline and your wallet
Time to get serious. I've been over weight for years - but now its starting to scare me - time to change. Danger ugly photos!

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Updated: 02/20/2012, Lissie
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Lissie on 03/13/2012

You're right - it is all about the calories! I didn't last on this version of a diet for long - but I'm now counting calories as described on this page http://wizzley.com/weight-loss-journey/ - and I'm losing slowly and steadily - so I'm pretty happy - I'm not even particularly hungry! I do however think - for me - a big breakfast is essential - this is my new favourite study on the topic - http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.co...

Sheila on 03/13/2012

Hi Lissie, I found this site (http://myfitnessmotivator.com) a while ago and the woman running it basically lost weight using a low calorie diet. I've tried it myself and it's worked for me! I haven't had a detailed look at your menu, but for me, that's a bit more than what I eat now (except on weekends when I gorge!). For instance, I try to keep my breakfast + morning snack within 250 calories, which means a slice of raisin toast and an apple as the snack! For me it's now all about counting the calories!

Also, I'm like you - I like sugar or salty stuff as a snack. So I have dried apricots (another suggestion I found on that blog) when I'm in a sweet mood, and peanuts/almonds (counted out carefully!) when I'm in a salty mood.

It's tough to eat less the first few days, but over time you get used to it.

Also - could you write an article about your dancing? My partner and I have just started taking salsa lessons (yay!) and I'd love some general tips :)

Maya on 02/21/2012

"What I didn't know about was the "Protein Leverage Hypothesis" - which is a scholary study which reported that when study participants lowered their protein in the diet from 15% to 10% they ate 12% more calories overall. Why? Because they were full and stopped eating. "
I don´t quite get that bit ... they were full and stopped eating when lowering their protein? iaw, less protein makes you less hungry?

Lissie on 01/13/2012

@katiem - yes becoming aware of eating is helping I'm thinking - and considering how close it its to Easter -when I want to wear a latin costume in front of an audience!

Lissie on 01/13/2012

@dustytoes - it depends what you do - I actually put weight when I started dancing seriously (from doing nothing basically) - everyone thought I'd lost weight and I dropped a dress size - but muscles weigh more than fat - that's one of the reason weight along is not a good measure - its worth keeping an eye on your measurements too

Lissie on 01/13/2012

@caniwi - hmm an apple - that's not a snack! My snacks all come from the salty, chocolate,sugar food groups LOL

I already do more than 30 minutes exercise most days - a lot more - but I am trying breaking the exercise up through the day.

Lissie on 01/13/2012

@kinworn - I cut out fizzy drinks years ago - and use gin to cover the taste of diet tonic :-)

katiem2 on 01/13/2012

Your on to something, thinking and really noting what you eat is the best thing to do in order to really make the needed changes to lose weight. I eat mindlessly most everyday. I don't think about food till I'm starving.... that's the problem. Thanks for the thoughts on weight loss. Katie

dustytoes on 01/13/2012

For me it's move more. I eat pretty well and could do without meat, so I like to eat fish and veggies. If I didn't have a teenage boy to cook for, my diet would be even healthier. My problem is that I sit at the computer to work and therefore don't get enough good exercise in a day. I'm trying to change that, but at my age (definitely over 50!) results will not be seen quickly. Good luck to you.

caniwi on 01/13/2012

Don't cut out the snacks, in fact add them in. I small one between meals, an apple, 8-10 almonds, bit of cottage cheese or similar. Raise the protein, lower the carbs, eat 6 times a day & get off the couch for 30 minutes or so did it for me.

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