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My "Secret" to Fitness at 55 (It's Not What You Think!)

Bonjour, mes amis! 

Ever raise an eyebrow at a 55-year-old dietitian who, not only enjoys life's finer things – buttery croissants, rich cheeses, and a glass of Bordeaux with friends – but also maintains a healthy physique and boundless energy?

Yes, I'm 55 and have no belly fat.

dietitian man doing winsurfing

Now, before you dismiss me as some genetically blessed anomaly, allow me to clarify.

The truth is, my "secret" isn't some magical potion or grueling fitness regime.

It's a whole lot of joie de vivre and a healthy dose of balance.

Let's get one thing straight: I adore French cuisine.

Wine? Oui, s'il vous plait!

Cheese? Mon Dieu, where do I even begin?

And don't even get me started on the symphony of textures and flavors in a freshly baked baguette.

But here's the key: I also cherish feeling fit and energized. I want to conquer hills on my trusty bicycle, and savor all that life has to offer.

So, how do I bridge this apparent gap?

Balance, mes amis, balance! It's the missing ingredient in all those restrictive, joy-sucking diets.

Forget counting calories and demonizing carbs.

Instead, I focus on mindful eating and listening to my body's cues.

What do I mean?

I mean taking my time and savoring each bite (yes, even that decadent chocolate cake, especially if it's homemade), because it helps with digestion and prevents overeating.

Eating five small, balanced meals throughout the day keep me fueled and prevent the dreaded blood sugar crash that leads to unhealthy snacking. I usually finish my lunch with a sweet note like a fruit or yogurt to help me stay full until the afternoon.

Of course, there's a dash of discipline in the mix too. Sure, I indulge in my fair share of French cuisine—but I also load up on veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains. It's about enjoying the good stuff without going overboard.

And while I never refuse a dinner out with friends (sharing good food and good company is a recipe for happiness in itself!), I know that moderation is key. Maybe the day after a particularly indulgent evening, I'll choose a lighter lunch or focus on whole grains and vegetables at dinner. It's not about punishment, it's about conscious choices that nourish my body and mind.

Speaking of nourishment, most of my meals are homemade. I find immense satisfaction in whipping up delicious, healthy dishes in my kitchen. It's a fun and creative way to control ingredients and portion sizes, while still enjoying the flavors I love.

man cycling in cyprus

Now, let's talk about that boundless energy. It doesn't magically appear, I assure you! I get my heart pumping with activities I genuinely enjoy.

Twice a week, I hit the pavement on my bicycle, pedaling for 20-30 kilometers each time. The wind in my grey hair, the sun on my weathered face, and the countryside whizzing by – it's pure exhilaration.

And then there's windsurfing, my once-a-week attempt at defying gravity (and sometimes succeeding, much to my delight!).

And for a change of pace, I also hit the park for a run or a fast walk (depending on how I feel) twice a week. It's a great way to clear my head and get some exercise on land.

These activities leave me feeling energized and connected to nature.

cypriot souvlaki and sheftalia

But here's the real kicker: I enjoy fat. Yes, even the "unhealthy" kind sometimes (hello, souvlaki!). But I also prioritize healthy fats like nuts, avocados, and olive oil. It's all about balance, remember?

And honestly, stressing about every bite is far more detrimental than indulging in moderation. I've learned that guilt has no place on my plate.

The proof is in the pudding, or rather, the lack thereof! I proudly maintain a fat-free belly and am bursting with energy.

But it's not just about physical appearance – it's about feeling good in my own skin.

So, dear reader, what's the real secret to fitness at 55?

It's not a secret at all. It's a commitment to balance, mindful eating, and joyful movement.

Staying fit over 50 years old isn't rocket science. It's about finding what works for you and sticking to it. Whether it's enjoying your favorite foods in moderation or finding an activity that makes you feel alive, it's all about balance and consistency.

And hey, let's not forget the power of laughter and good company. Surround yourself with people who lift you up and make you smile—it's the best medicine out there!

So, to all you folks wondering how to keep the fat away as you age, remember this: it's not about depriving yourself or killing yourself at the gym. It's about living life to the fullest, enjoying every moment, and finding what makes you feel truly alive.

Embrace balance, find your joy, and savor the journey!

Here's to health, happiness, and keeping that belly fat at bay—cheers! 🥂

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a date with a baguette and a beautiful sunset...




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