Celebs Over-50 who Look as Young as 25: Ways to Maintain Your Weight Post 50

A Good Diet Has Seen to Help Older Women Reduce Weight and Change Their Long Term Eating Habits

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  • Madonna at 50 has a stunning body
    Madonna has the best body in spite of having two children. Her trainer Tracy has developed an all new weight loss regimen. She said that she does not believe in the old school gymming practices, "Through years of research and practice, what I have developed is a method that goes against a lot of what's being taught today in gyms."
  • Helen Mirren at 69 follows a 12 minute work out
    Helen follows a calisthenics workout and says that is the secret to her fit body, she does not follow any other exercise. She said, "You stop eating and that’s what makes you lose weight: not eating. But as you get older, losing weight doesn’t make your body look better. I eat healthily but not that healthily.”
  • Over fifty actress Jodie Foster is always ready for a work out
    52 year old actress is a Pilates devotee. The pilates exercise targets the stomach, hips, flexors and back. It relieves stress, breathes in positive energy and tones the muscles, but it does not include strength training or cardiovascular fitness component.
  • Christie Brinkley's vegetarian diet has helped her stay in shape
    Christey Brinkley, former supermodel at the age of 60, still looks like one. She has always followed a vegan diet and claims that it makes her feel more youthful and keeps her from gaining weight. Brinkley said that for breakfast she has oatmeal with mixed berries, a large salad with beans and nuts for lunch, and pasta with vegetables for dinner.
  • Sharon Stone looks 25 at 55
    The actress is bikini fit at 55. Though not obsessed she said, "I work out only as much as I have to, to not be a fat ass. I chase three children to stay in shape. I don't have a regular routine. When I notice things aren't quite where I want them to be, I step it up. You park further from the door, you take the stairs instead of the elevator."
  • The actress does yoga and exercise
    Wisteria Lane's favorite redhead looks stunning in her 50's. She said that If she feels like she's putting on weight, she cuts down on bread. Cross mainly eats salads and protein but allows herself treats like frozen yogurt and animal crackers. "Nix the bread and you'll feel results."
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While women struggle to maintain their body and health in their late forties and early fifties, there are over-fifty celebrities who have stunned the world with their enviable bodies. Madonna, Helen Mirren, Christey Brinkley, Jodie Foster, Sharon Stone and Marcia Cross are a few to mention. Each of these beauties have their own success mantra.

Researchers state that it is difficult to lose weight post menopause because women tend to be less active, with a lower metabolic rate and an increase in appetite-related hormones. But losing weight post 50 is not as hard as though to be. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh enrolled 50 women in a weight loss study, they examined their eating behaviors over four years.

The study included about 500 obese postmenopausal women whose waist sizes were greater than 31.5 inches. These women were not suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes. Half of them were given a diet and made to meet a nutritionist regularly, exercise specialists, and psychologists. The other half of the women were not given any of this but were given the opportunity to attend seminars on general health. It was seen that women who were on a diet and met with a nutritionist lost an average of 8 pounds while the other half just lost half a pound.  Their food consumption habits had also changed.

 Researcher Bethany Barone Gibbs, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh said, "People who were able to decrease their consumption of desserts and sugar-sweetened beverages tended to have more success losing weight and keeping it off." The study was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

There are several diet plans that can be followed and exercise regimes as well, it had also been seen that following the diet over a long term would make it a permanent part of one's lifestyle. Many mature women have successfully lost weight by changing their consumption patterns, celebrities however have adopted different ways to get that fat off their body and stay fit.

69 year old Helen Mirren is doing a 12-minute calisthenics workouts modeled after the Royal Canadian Air Force exercise plan. The workout includes stretches, pushups, sit ups and on the spot running. The main reason for the development of this workout was to give people a total body workout without equipment. Helen also admitted that the calisthenics workout was the only exercise she followed.

Christie Brinkley an American model and actress also stands among the league of actors who are ageing like fine wine. At the age of 60, the actress looks fit and beautiful, she follows a vegetarian diet and regular workouts. She does yoga, strength-training, running and walking. A vegetarian diet she said, helps lose weight and look youthful.

Jodie Foster's fitness secrets lie in the Pilates exercise which helps relieve stress, tone the muscles without straining them and breathe in positive energy. It increases strength and flexibility.

While these celebrities do some amount of physical exercise, they all maintain a strict diet which helps the most in weight loss for women over fifty. Jillian Michael, American personal trainer, businesswoman, author and television personality from Los Angeles, California advises, "Healthy diet, exercise, and clean living that's the key. While it's true you can't continue to burn the candle at both ends like you did when you were younger, you can reclaim your health in every way if you work at it." She provides three essential tips to get your body on track, count your calories, work out hard and eliminate chemicals from your life. When you shed pounds you feel healthier and younger too.

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