Success Story: She’s Living Proof about Fat Loss after 50

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  1. Success Story: She’s Living Proof about Fat Loss after 50


    Denise Wehrkamp is living proof that fat loss after 50 is possible – if you stick with the program of exercising and eating right. 

    Denise, 56, always struggled with her weight, trying to diet but frequently falling off the track. At age 50, she was 50 pounds overweight. Then, her son, CJ, opened a gym, and her doctor diagnosed her with arthritis. That was enough to make her change her ways, join CJ’s gym, and get her eating under control. Denise now manages that gym, a Fit Body Boot Camp that offers Functional Aging Institute-backed exercise programs for people over 55. She’s lost 40 pounds so far and says she’d like to lose another 20, but she knows not to focus on the weight as much as the body fat.“We have to program our brains to not worry about the number on the scale,” she says.

    Here are some other ways Denise is winning the fight against fat:

    • Realistic discipline: “I know I have to work out, even when I don’t want to. I’m continuing to work on being healthy.”
    • Modify exercises to meet individual needs and limitations: “Every exercise out there is modifiable so that anybody can do it.”
    • No time for excuses: “I have empathy, absolutely, but I don’t care much for excuses” about being too old to exercise.
    • Moderation in the kitchen: “I eat more protein. But I am a carb eater. I love pasta, and I love bread. I don’t buy it. And I plan my cheat meals. There’s nothing in the world you can’t eat” on occasion.

    The Functional Aging Training (FAT) model is now embraced globally with Your Personal Best Training Studio on the cutting edge of this research. We are the only entire team of Functional Aging Specialists in the Coastal Bend area of Texas. If you aren’t local, find a Certified FAS near you.

  2. ‘The Happiest Demographic:’ Many Women Find Fulfillment after 50


    A common myth about aging says that after 50, people (especially women) face a dreary life of loneliness, physical difficulty, and despair.

    But the opposite is true for millions, who are finding that the “grandma years” are turning out to be the best time of their lives.

    Adults 65 to 79 say this is their happiest stage of life, according to a British study of 300,000 people. The study found that satisfaction with life peaked during this period. This jibes with other clinical and anecdotal research in the United States, which has more women over 50 than ever before, according to the US Census Bureau.

    It isn’t hard to see why women at this stage of life report such levels of satisfaction.

    They are often more able to focus on their wellbeing than during their child-raising years. They are trending toward retirement and less work-related stress. And many say they no longer feel the anxiety about money and keeping up with peers that drove them earlier in life.

    ‘The New Cool’

    The New York Times recently wrote “70 and Female Is the New Cool,” citing public figures enjoying late-in-life fulfillment, like Golden Globe-winner Glenn Close.

    The “Old, Gray Lady,” as the newspaper is known, also had recent articles under the headlines “I Am (an Older) Woman. Hear Me Roar,” and “The Joy of Being a woman in Her 70s.” And a new book called “Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age,” is on the best-seller lists.

    “Contrary to the cultural scripts that say women are old and useless and in the way — diminished versions of their former selves — in reality, older women are the happiest demographic in the country,” says its author, Mary Pipher.

    Fitness plays a huge role in helping people this age feel satisfied, healthy and confident. That’s because fitness gives mature people the ability to continue living the way they want to live — to enjoy hobbies, travel, sports, grandchildren and other things they value. It gives them the stamina and agility to avoid injury and hospitalization.

    And let’s face it: If you feel good physically, you’re going to be happier.

    ‘I’ve Never Felt This Alive’

    Rosalinda Parrish, 59, says becoming fit has given her a second chance.

    “I’ve never felt this alive,” says Rosalinda, pictured at top with her husband, Rob. She recently started working as a personal trainer to help others enjoy the happiness she has found.

    “Age is only what you make it to be. It’s amazing what we are capable of, and it just takes the faith to make that first step. That’s why I’m here, so others can believe that they can do it.”

    Sherrie Graham-Busse, 53, is motivated partly by FOMO — Fear of Missing Out. She loves being able to pay with her grandchildren, go skiing with her husband, and take active vacations — all because she stays fit with exercise at a fitness studio.

    “I don’t want to miss out on anything,” says Sherrie, whose husband doesn’t join her at the gym but enjoys athletics on his own.

    “I probably have more fun and more friends than he does,” she says. “Not to be petty, but it is empowering.”

  3. Let’s get fired up!

    An authentic surge of motivation can change our life immediately.

    The best part of our day is seeing clients (who are over 50 years old) just like you achieve amazing results. Whether they begin moving better, feeling better, get off their blood pressure medications, or shrink their waist, the excitement is always contagious.

    It’s hard to describe the euphoria that settles in once fitness goals have been achieved. It’s one of those things that you have to experience to understand.

    Every single one of our mature fitness clients who have achieved massive results have ONE THING IN COMMON…

    They are all highly motivated.

    We are in a unique position. We know how to get the over 50 crowd into great shape and we can coach you through a 50-pound weight loss if needed and so much more.

    As Functional Aging Specialists, the most important thing we do is guide you to a healthier body. We can even train you into a toned master athlete if that’s what you want! Not too many do!

    But there is one catch.

    You’ll need to be motivated.

    Just saying, or even just thinking, that you want to get into better shape for the rest of your life, isn’t enough. You need motivation—and that’s just half of the equation. The other part (and the most important) is ACTION.

    Nothing happens until you take action.

    You can want it, think about it, mull it over, ponder it, plan it, and then re-plan it. But nothing happens until you take action.

    While we may not know your story—if you’re over 50, it’s probably safe to assume that you want to drop fat and tone up. You want to look better, to have more energy, to experience fewer aches and pains, and to enjoy the sweet satisfaction as you achieve your goals once and for all.

    We know that all of our successful clients were once in your shoes. They wanted to change the situation of their health. They felt urgency. And then they did what most fail to do. They took action and contacted us.

    But there is more to it than that. They then committed to a program, put in the exercise, stuck to their diet and met their goals. There’s nothing more gratifying than getting back into those smaller size clothes that now sit in the back of your closet, pick up your grandchild for a playful toss in the air, or simply look forward to walking your dogs with more ease and less pain.

    People over 50 who take massive action get massive rewards. And those that simply continue to talk about losing weight will continue to put weight on, pound after pound. I hate to put it that way, but it’s the truth and over weight is slowing you down even more!

    So what do you want? To …

    • drop some fat pounds
    • move better, feel younger
    • look better in your birthday suit
    • become healthier

    How bad do you want it? How much motivation do you have …enough to take MASSIVE ACTION?

    The rewards are great IF you do. Check out a few more reasons “Why our Clients Love Us” 

    Your first step is to call or email us now to get started! Let’s do this together.​

  4. Over 50? Here’s how much protein you need

    Protein is the building block of muscle. As you get older you will probably experience some loss of muscle mass and strength. This has been attributed to a reduced rate of protein synthesis that accompanies the normal aging process. But, it can be a big concern for many people. If you lose too much muscle then that could impair your ability to complete functional activities of work, sport, or play.

    So should you eat more protein in order to combat the effects of aging?

    This is a hotly debated topic with many different opinions because the research is not exactly clear. Population studies seem to indicate that an increase in dietary protein isn’t necessary if you already exercise. But a number of protein synthesis studies show otherwise.

    A recent paper from Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews (July 2013) made these conclusions:

    • Increasing physical activity increases muscle protein synthesis rates.
    • The amount, source, and time of day that dietary protein is consumed also effects muscle protein synthesis rates.
    • Combining physical activity and exercise with adequate protein intake is the best strategy for combatting the negative effects of aging on muscle mass and strength.

    Based on this information, other papers I’ve read and experts I’ve consulted here are some of my tips for dietary protein for those over the age of 50:

    1. Be physically active daily and exercise regularly (including weight lifting).
    2. Eat adequate amounts of protein (0.8g/kg body weight daily) from a variety of sources (lean meats, low-fat dairy, legumes, or nuts). Even vegetarians can get plenty of protein, but they have to be a little more diligent about it. One easy way to do this is to eat a palm size of protein at each major meal.
    3. Take a protein shake of 20-30 g whey protein (not soy protein) immediately before or after working out.
    4. Maintain a healthy gut so you can digest and absorb nutrients properly.


    Although I don’t check my protein intake every single day (who wants to do that?), I do keep tabs on it to make sure I am meeting my goals. I shoot for over 1.0g/kg body weight just to make sure I am getting enough. I encourage you to do the same.

    This doesn’t have to take up a lot of time and energy once you get into the routine of eating enough lean protein on a daily basis. Remember, as long as you’re getting about a palm per meal you should be fine.

    And if you are over 50 and aren’t getting regular exercise…..especially functional strength training isn’t it time you come in and try out Your Personal Best Training Studio?

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