Healthy Weight For Women in Their 50’s – Are They Biting Off More Than They Can Chew?

Even if you’ve been physically active and given your diet the special attention that it deserves, you may find that once you hit your 50’s, you’ve gained weight-and it is hard to get it off. Unless you’re willing to work for it, it’s not realistic to think you’re going to have the same body you did 20 or 30 years ago. So, what is the healthy weight for women in their 50’s?

You’ve seen the ideal weight charts at your doctor’s office or even online. For each inch of height, there is a weight range given. When you were younger, you may have been at the lower end of that range. But the healthy weight for women in their 50’s is most likely at the higher end of that range-especially if you have a slight build.

Why is that? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why women in their 50’s tend to gain weight.

The first answer is biological: you’re either menopausal, or just about pre-menopausal. While menopause is a perfectly natural part of the aging process, it means that your body is going through perhaps the most significant set of changes since you had kids. And part of those changes is weight gain-especially if you’re not physically active.

Those creaky joints might be keeping you from your normal exercise routine, and if that’s so, then the resulting metabolic slowdown will translate into weight gain, even if your diet hasn’t changed. It’s OK to work through the creakiness, which is a direct result of the normal “wear and tear” your joints have experienced after the “first 100,000 miles!” But if the pain is intense then you should consult with your doctor, as it could be osteoarthritis.

Your changing lifestyle could also be a factor in your weight gain. While it might not be obvious to you, your life is probably very different than it was when you were at your thinnest! You’re no longer running around taking care of your kids, who are all grown-up; and you probably have more leisure time with your friends and family, which usually means overeating at Applebee’s.

Not that you’re busting a gut at the early bird buffet, but, think about how you ate in your 20’s and 30’s. You probably grabbed something on the go, or even skipped a meal because you were just too busy. Well, now you’ve got more leisure time, which means you’re probably having three healthy meals a day. Delicious indeed, but pretty soon you’ll have to forget about ever wearing your favorite dress again.

So, while there is no set-in-stone healthy weight for women in their 50’s, take a look at a weight chart and see where you fit in. It’s OK if you’re a little bit high o that chart; but it’s best to talk to your doctor about any weight gain you’re not comfortable with.