Women Over 60

Are there any female babyboomers out there on this diet? Would love to connect on the specifics for our post menapausal bodied.


 


I'm 60, 5"4 (and getting shorter, haha), weigh about 125, have three grown kids, walk and yoga (used to run like a crazy but no more). I'm a professor and was widowed 7 years ago. Have been on Whole 30 (Paleo like) for the last year and LOVE it.


 


Now I've not had my 'energy' and initiative saturation back to normal since being widowed (though it's slowly come back to somewhat normal) until I started with this Bulletproof coffee and the intermittent fasting a could of days ago!


 


Wow! And as getting shorter makes you have middrift even at the same weight you've always been, I'm hoping to beat that battle too. Now we're talking.


 


I just want to be sure not to miss a thing that others may know. Any age past menapause (boy am I glad those years are past) would be very helpful.


 


Thank you!


 


 


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  • Hi drseno.


     


    Having the sam issue with the tummy fat, something I've never had until that past few years.... and boy is it stubborn. I've been somewhat of a 'gym rat' since I was 27 - although I attempted running (I'm NOT an endurance kinda gal), soccer, softball, long distance cycling, which I loved, yoga, and bodybuilding, it was the bodybuilding that I loved and have continued with for decades, albeit with lighter weights than before. Life gets hectic though and  I lose my focus, off and on, due to business demands, but right now I'm "on" and truly appreciating what lifting provides my body. But STILL that tummy fat doesn't want to leave. Ugh. And, I too, have lost height. I'm 5' 5 1/2" and 149 lbs. I used to be just under 5' 7". Where DOES that go?


     


    I've eaten well most of my life - tried all ways - but after a bout with Chronic Fatigue I learned about 'body type eating' and I stick pretty close to that, which is type O, which fortunately loves beef, butter, etc. About 4 months ago I discovered the ketogenic style of eating, which I was somewhat familiar with as its basis was Atkins. I had minor cosmetic surgery 3 weeks ago, so didn't stick to high fat protocol during that time, but began reading about BulletProof style, and have been faithfully eating that way for approximately 1 1/2 weeks. Lost 4 lobs, then gain 1 1/2 lbs....??? So frustrating - but I am lifting rather heavy weights again and I can see my muscles growing, so I am telling myself the weight gain is muscle. ... and hope I'm right. My clothes are fitting more loosely, so that's good. Plus I took some "before" pictures a few months ago and I can easily see the difference. 


     


    Would love any issues you might be having with this - and any tips you've found to be helpful.


    Good luck!


    JudieK


  • Thank you so much for your resonse, Judie! I'm only on day 3 of this bulletproof IF and what I love most is that I'm NEVER hungry, not even when it's time to eat. Also, as a professor, I appreciate the mental clarity and the energy. I'm getting more done.


     


    We're going to a graduation party tonight and I feel pretty confident that I can enjoy a brat or burger and salads without messing up this trending. Are you taking supplements or concerend about bone health?


     


    As you have experienced, the clothes are fitting better. I don't have a scale but do measure waist inches -- that's stubborn but going down. I know this is working and am quite certain that your weight gain is muscle. It just makes sense.


     


    My son has encouraged me with squats and I've used a kettle bell swing. My legs look great (but I feel self conscious wearing 3" inseam shorts in public at my age, ha! My arms though -- they're looking better with yoga  vynsssas and the fat loss will have to help.


     


    Can't tell you how happy I was to hear from someone -- I thought 'surely I'm not the only babyboomer on this site.'  Good to know you!


  • Hello


     


    I just want to introduce myself - I am sorry that I didn't make a note of your name before I hit 'reply' - forgive me, I'm not normally so computer illiterate. I was hunting on the forum a little despondently for someone of remotely my age and with similar life experiences.. I hope you don't mind me joining you though I think we are (maybe literally) worlds apart. I'm in Australia. I'm a non-fiction writer, I'm a few days off 65, and I've got a raft of mobility issues that I won't bore you with other than to say that my disability means I cannot do gym work, weights, swim or do any kind of sustained exercise. I walk a little (on a machine) and garden when I am able. I have been reading and dabbling with bullet proof ideas for about a year.


     


    I am just out of hospital after three weeks of pneumonia and sudden onset asthma; the steroids I've had to take have raised my blood sugar levels (which I think are normally fine) and the consultant has been muttering about glucose tolerance tests when I'm better. I came home on Monday afternoon, and am weak as a kitten with a long way to go. My dh doesn't 'hold with' such things as bullet proof anything, so I'm on my own! This has been a massive reality check for me - I'm tied a bit at the moment with him having to do my meals - bless him, he's filled the fridge with all manner of things I don't really want to eat but he's been so worried and now is not the time to turn him back as he's not normally this helpful! But I'm planning on getting back onto my bullet proof coffee and intermittent fasting by the end of the weekend. I know it works and I like it. I'm reading, reading, reading, now... I'm a bit scared at realising that I'm not quite as immortal as I thought I was!


     


    Sorry that I'm not as knowledgeable or as fit as you both are, but I hope you don't mind me tagging along in the hope of picking up on your good habits!


  • edited August 2014

    I am glad to see this forum topic! I was beginning to believe that the Bulletproof Diet was only for those younger than 50. However, I am disappointed that there are not many identified 50+ year-olds participating in these forums. I am almost 62 and 65-70 lbs. overweight. I have gained 45 pounds over the last ten years after needing a rare brain surgery. I most recently participated in a weight loss protocol used by the Centers for Medical Weight Loss which involved an 800 calorie daily diet using CMWL shakes and protein bars. I am currently 5' 6", down from 5' 6 1/2", and weigh 199.5. A local chiropractor sells Bulletproof products, and I have made arrangements to purchase a Bulletproof Brain Octane starter pack from him. What has ultimately led me to the BP Diet are two motivators: 1. My mother recently died from aspiration pneumonia as a result of dementia, and 2. I am embarrassed and ashamed of my physical appearance. I do not want to die as my mother did, and I do not want to spend the final years of my life fat and ashamed.  I hope this will become a very active forum for persons over 60 who are on this journey as well. Something I have not seen discussed is how to deal with taking medications that require food during the hours of fasting. I would appreciate suggestions on how to make this work the Bulletproof way.


  • Welcome to the Bulletproof Forum, all of you who are new here (I have messaged several of you previously). Keep coming back and posting. This will help build the group of members in the demographic mentioned by Schoolmarm (we welcome sll sges here!)

    Regards,

    BP Moderator
  • Thank you all for posting. My mom is in her 60's and I have been attempting to move her to a more BP diet. She has tried BP coffee when I make it while visiting her and she likes it.

    Please keep posting and asking questions. Thanks again. :smile:
  • MarielleMarielle
    edited August 2014
    Hey all,
    I'm in my mid-40's. Not exactly 60's, but right behind you. I love inspiration -- women who are rockin' it into their 60's and beyond!

    Last night, I happened to catch Pat Benatar in concert. She's 61 and rockin' still in a big way. I want that to be me (although who can top Pat, seriously?). Please share your journey and continue to let us all know what works for you.

    Namaste'

    Mary

  • edited August 2014

    Thank you, Mary and gcarlet! My main question is whether or not the Bulletproof protocol ("as is") is effective for women over 60. I was hoping to read the Bulletproof experiences of women in this age range. If the Bulletproof protocol doesn't generally equate with weight-loss success in women over 60, I am certainly willing to accept that. Since I plan to follow the BP protocol-even without guidance from others' experiences-, perhaps my experience will help someone else in the future. Thanks for your encouragement!


  • Came on this site a few weeks back finding nothing for women over 60 -- so started this thread and now look! So happy to see people finding this and interested. If you read at the top of the thread Scoolmarm and gcarlet, you will find that two of us were having success with the Bullet Proof Intermittent fasting. I actaully love that way of approaching my morning. Sometimes just butter coffee and then I'm not hungry until 2:00 p.m. or so -- it saves me a meal really!


     


    I'd read through Dave's blogs as much as possible -- much of what he says is applicable to any age.  Read elsewhere too. There's a lot out there about women's health and so many of us are Baby Boomers!


     


    I was really pleased to see Dr. Weil claim that the BP diet had been tried by a physician friend of his and that it was working nicely.


     


    Hope you all have a good experience and that you find success in feeling better and trimming down! Come back and tell us what's up. And welcome Mary! How sweet to have someone your age smart enough to know that it's not long before 20 years pass, and you want to be ready and happy all the way!


  • Thank you, Mary and gcarlet! My main question is whether or not the Bulletproof protocol ("as is") is effective for women over 60. I was hoping to read the Bulletproof experiences of women in this age range. If the Bulletproof protocol doesn't generally equate with weight-loss success in women over 60, I am certainly willing to accept that. Since I plan to follow the BP protocol-even without guidance from others' experiences-, perhaps my experience will help someone else in the future. Thanks for your encouragement!



    The best I can tell you is that biohacking is all about researching and experimenting to find out works best with your physiology and specific life situation. For me, in my current state of perimenopausal ups and downs, a cyclical -- or any -- ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting are counterproductive. However, most of the bulletproof food recommendations are spot on, and adding fat and red meat (grassfed, of course) back to my diet have helped me immensely. Ironically, I eat kind of like Dave Asprey's kids do :)

    This website has also given me a forum to check out new ideas that go against or are unknown to mainstream medicine and the so-called "health experts" out there. Some ideas will work for you (I've become a big fan of the CILTEP stack), while others might not pan out (serrapeptase: not for me). I also feel much more prepared to question the medical profession when they try to push an idea on me or brush me off when it doesn't feel right.

    Again, it's about experimenting to find out how your own body works and what is going to work best for you, because you are unique!

    Mary

  • Hope you all have a good experience and that you find success in feeling better and trimming down! Come back and tell us what's up. And welcome Mary! How sweet to have someone your age smart enough to know that it's not long before 20 years pass, and you want to be ready and happy all the way!



    You know, I feel like my adult life is moving at warp speed! I distinctly remember when my parents were about my age give or take -- I thought they were older than dirt, and now I'm them! I watched my dad pass two years ago at age 82 from COPD and I thought, "Wow, you blink an eye and it's over! We all have to squeeze as much livin' as we can out of this life". Not to get too philosophical, but really, in the end, good health and good living will take us a long way :)

    Mary

  • My dad died at 58. My mom is in her 60's and I don't want the same thing for her. I appreciate you all discussing these things in this thread.


  • I'm 67, practiced Bikram yoga for 10 years.  It's time for a major change.   No hesitation, the diet.  I found BulletProof at East West Acupuncture in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I work out of San Jose, California in Silicon Valley.  I'm excited.  I go by my intuition and it says YES!.  We all need support and it will be in this forum.  I'm growing and okay to change. Using body code emotion releasing with practitioner.  Amazing how we store invisible trapped emotions in our bodies.  More amazing, I found this forum and the diet etc.  Thank you so much. Zoe Zane


    Waves of Love. Zoe Zane

  • edited September 2014

    Hello! I may be the oldest* by a few months until the next shy person decides to introduce herself. I have been thriving on this diet since April, and I do mean thriving. Most of all, my thoughts and general outlook have dialed back to my 16-year-old self. The Beatles have just come to America!


     


    I have lost weight, gained incredible energy. The intermittent fast has always been my natural way of eating,  but it has been frowned on, forever. I can add that my husband is also 100 percent on this diet and his health was fragile when we began and all his tests for blood sugar, protein, and so forth have all been improving. He will be 70 this November. So we are two test cases.


     


    One final hilarious note, so perfect for this forum: I have been having hot flashes, -- intense and regular -- since 2001. Maybe when all the stored fat is gone they will end. That's my hope, anyway.


     


    *Just checked -- zoezane has me beat by merely days!


  • It's fun to see this thread take off. At first I was wondering where my over 60 friends were and now people just keep showing up. I hope it helps! Thank you for your post Keto bingo -- great inspiration!


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