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Does LCHF Work for 40+ Women?

A commenter on another blog said, "Calories count: ask any woman over 40. Oh wait, you notice LCHF never mentions them or shows their success stories."

I'm not sure where this person got that idea. Maybe he's new to LCHF; it seems to me like there's a lot of us out there who eat this way without counting calories. Three years ago, at age 41, 20 pounds fell off when I whacked back the carbs. I've kept it off and stayed pretty close to what I weighed in high school. Amy Alkon, Mary Dan Eades and Jackie Eberstein come to mind as LC ladies of a certain age; I'm sure I'm forgetting dozens more.

Here's a photo of me taken June 3, 2013, age 44. (I wanted to show my best friend what I wore to see Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, since she pictured me in a lavender shirt, white linen pants, and starchy bag with a bottle of Perrier.)


Anonymous said…
Wow! Lookin' hot, Lori!
Lori Miller said…
Thanks, Carole. Looks like you've done great on LCHF yourself. :)

It was kind of fun to be one of the few people there wearing white.
Galina L. said…
Well, I tryed both after 45. I got more fat on a minimal animal products/hight wholegrains, veggies,fruits/no sugar diet because I was insanely hangry all the time to keep calories low. I got from size 16 to 12 on LCHF diet, and also stopped having asthma, flues, cat allergy, urinary tract infections, hot flashes and more nasty things. Should I feel sorry that I didn't get skinny?
Lori Miller said…
I'd call those results a success.
Anonymous said…
That's a lot of great health improvements Galina.
Not to be sneezed at!
tess said…
I haven't taken off impressive numbers of pounds, just 20ish with "the last ten" to go, but like Galina my health has improved tremendously. I think we might become more intolerant of the toxic foods younger people may be able to use with impunity, but GOK we're used to controlling what we choose to consume.... I'll be 58 next month (EEEEEEK!)
Lori Miller said…
Happy early birthday, Tess, and many happy returns!

I know some people (esp. women) call a diet a failure if they don't lose that last ten pounds. But like you and Galina, I've seen so many health improvements on LCHF that even if I were 10 or 20 pounds heavier, I'd call the diet a success.
Galina L. said…
Thank you, Carole and Lory. You both look gorgeous, btw.
Galina L. said…
When I started a LC diet, just avoiding a further weight gain felt like a success. After 45 I realised how low (healthwise) could I go. Many who are 40+ find themselwes in the same health trap, and looking differently than a movie star could be not that high on a priority list.
There's a lot of us girls out there who have discovered LCHF and the improvements it can and does bring to health.I certainly wouldn't go back to any other diet/lifestyle, but I appreciate we all have to make our choices and do what is best for us.The older you get the more you appreciate good health

All the best Jan

(PS Early Happy Birthday to Tess)
Lori Miller said…
Of course, the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight on any diet. But hey, I'm glad someone was out there yesterday to mansplain it to me.
Lori Miller said…
I hear that. I started LC to get rid of the hell in my stomach. The day I started this blog, I was in the worst pain of my life with an abcessed tooth. My left shoulder hurt too much to carry a purse and my teeth hurt. All those problems are gone now; the weight loss was a pleasant side effect. Even if I still needed to lose weight, there's NOTHING that could budge me from LC and send me back to all those health problems.
I am one of those women who isn't losing the "last 10" with LCHF, but on a typical calorie-reduction plan, my metabolism shuts down, and when I add carbs, I gain every time. So it is really a no-brainer for me, too. I am so sick of supposed experts staw-manning their way to popularity on various blogs with this calorie thing. They are getting desperate (not Jimmy, lol!)
Lori Miller said…
He was an empty vessel making a lot of noise.
Lori Miller said…
I see that Sharon Osbourne lost 30 pounds at age 59 on Atkins. (Full disclosure: she's a paid spokesperson for Atkins.) Her blog is here:

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