Keto Dieting Over 50

Keto Dieting Over 50

May 07, 2021

As we age, finding the motivation to go to the gym can be a struggle for some people. If working out hasn't been incorporated into your lifestyle at a young age, the changes in your body can be dramatic.

Keto dieting can seem like a dramatic shift even as you age, but the benefits can be worth it if done correctly. In this article, we will discuss Keto dieting for people over 50.


Why Keto

If you haven't come across the ketogenic diet somehow in your ecosystem over the last 3 to 4 years, you should keep reading. The ketogenic diet helps promote weight loss by boosting your metabolism and reducing your carb intake. According to Harvard Health, keto is the ultimate low-carb diet. Keto is ideal for anyone that wants to reduce the number of carbs they consume daily, in addition to a reduction in appetite. 


Your Metabolism

The older we get, the longer our bodies take to break down food. Even if you monitor the amount of food you eat, it's inevitable; you'll gain some weight. Some people may see changes in their metabolisms as early as age 30. 

With the changes happening in your body, it can become more challenging to lose those extra five pounds; your muscle mass may not be where it once was. All these symptoms are a sign of slow metabolism and the fact that you're getting older.

Slow metabolism is not the end of the world. It just means you have to work a little bit harder to maintain your body. To keep your weight down, you have to maintain a good muscle mass. 

Additionally, factors like genetics, lack of sleep, lack of calcium, medication, and more can attribute to your slow metabolism. With a solid game plan, all of these issues can be rectified, which will increase your metabolism as you age.


Body Changes at 50

Aging is a part of life, but you can do it gracefully if you take care of your health. There are some similarities between men and women as they age; below is a summary of some of the changes you may see as you reach 50.

Women over 50

Women over 50 starts to see a shift in hormones; for example, they produce a lower estrogen level. They begin to experience symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and mood swings. In terms of physical changes, their muscles and joints may become more fragile, increasing the risk of injury.

Without a doubt, the side effects listed above aren't ideal if you're trying to make a case about the beauty of aging; nonetheless, it's a part of life.


Men over 50

Men over 50 may experience mood swings, irritability, a loss in sex drive, erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, and muscle loss. All of these symptoms are manageable; for example, for lower testosterone, you should exercise more which will lower your overall body fat levels. Focusing on the larger muscle groups which require you to lift heavier weights, allows your body to release more testosterone for power.

Keto over 50

Keto for someone in their 50s may look similar to those in their 20s or 30s with some minor modifications. At the core, the goal is to maintain a balance of vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and unprocessed carbs.

Like any other diet, if keto is something you would like to try, you should have a plan. Most diets fail when you try to do too much too fast with the changes in your body. Keto can be stressful in the beginning. You may experience the keto flu that stems from your body adjusting to the new energy source. Instead of relying on carbohydrates for energy, your body will use protein.

*Please note if you have any underlying health conditions, keto at any age can be difficult, but you should consult your medical provider once you're over 50. 

If you decide to try keto, some of the benefits include balance hormones, better brain functions, and reduction in inflammation. Balance hormones can be helpful, especially for women who are experiencing menopause. Keto normalizes the estrogen level in some women, which can help with hot flashes.

The beauty about keto being such a popular diet is that you can find a plethora of information to make your lifestyle change more feasible. With countless recipe books, snacks, exercise guys & More at your disposable keto will be a breeze.


Additional Resources

In summary, the keto diet is not impossible once you hit 50. With the right game plan, keto can keep you healthy and living your best life. Even if you do not want to make the lifestyle change of doing keto, long-term keto is a great way to kick start. If you need more information about keto dieting over 50 before making the switch, check out Genius Gourmet Keto Over 50 Guide.

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