How To Lose Belly Fat After 50-Find Out How

Belly fat has been one issue that bothers lots of people. It is obvious why everyone will like 501-min[1]to get rid of belly fat. There are health issues tied to it and of course the ‘look good’ aspect too.  Belly fat even becomes an issue, when an individual is getting older and the metabolism is getting really slow and weak. It can really become a problem for people at 50 and above.

And there are health risks of belly fat, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.

‘A big waistline puts you at increased risk for many health problems–diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke’. That is according to Dr Robert Eckel, President of American Heart Association.

However, skinny people may also have an unhealthy hidden belly fat too. According to research, fat may be found deep inside the belly around the stomach organs, that can only be seen by MRI imaging. And this kind of fat is equal to someone having a belly fat, thereby putting them at same risks.

In as much as we need to look good with a well toned flat stomach, it is also healthy and worth the effort to take care of the stomach by getting rid of the fat around it.

How To Lose Belly Fat After 50

Losing belly fat has become a growing concern amongst the older folks, especially women. And losing belly fat after 50 could be slightly different from the general ways of losing belly fat, because of the age difference. Just like, 1800 calories are the recommended average daily intake for women, however, 1300 calories daily intake are the recommended intake for people that are over 50 years. The reason is not far fetched, because of the slow metabolism in older people.

Reduce Your Calories intake

How to lose belly fat after 50 is to reduce the daily intake of your calories to 1000 502-min[1]calories instead. Since 3500 calories are equal to a pound, therefore you can lose a pound in 12 days. Or you can choose to lose a pound in a week by taking 800 calories instead. But there is an argument that it is unhealthy to take less than 1000 calories per day if you must, it has to be under the supervision of a Medical Doctor.

You can achieve this by eating healthy foods such as fruits and veggies.

Cardio Exercises

This is one undisputed way to losing weight by burning out fat. Cardiovascular exercises like jogging, dancing, biking, swimming or aerobics can really go a long way to losing belly fat. However, you must know that cardio does not ‘spot lose’ the fat around the belly. It burns fat from every area of the body, and that is including the stomach.

Intense cardio can burn more calories, however, it is advisable to start gradually until you graduate to high-intensity cardio.  And at least 150 minutes or more of getting a physical activities of cardio exercise per week will really go a long way to burning that fat, just as recommended by the American College Of Sports Medicine.

Include Strength Training

Strength exercises do not necessarily burn calories like cardio, but it will help to strengthen the bones and muscles, which will also ensure having a balanced core. Sit up and crunch exercises have been found to be very effective to impact the stomach positively. And bicycle crunches were found very engaging on the oblique muscles.


And there is, of course, the option of surgery! Surgeons have claimed that they can melt belly fat. But this is a matter of money, time, and pain, yes pain, because it can really be painful. And let’s not forget the risks of complications as well.


Losing belly fat can really be slow, but I think it worth it, especially if you opt to go about losing belly fat through a healthy lifestyle and exercise. These are recommendable healthy ways to lose belly fat, exercise, and healthy eating. However, if you choose to cut down on your daily calories intake, it is advisable to inform your Doctor before doing that.

I really hope you will find this post useful in losing that extra fat on the belly.

If you wish to comment or contribute, please do not hesitate by dropping your comments below at the comment box.

20 thoughts on “How To Lose Belly Fat After 50-Find Out How”

  1. Sarah

    Do you really think that surgery is a healthy way to lose weight? I sort of disagree. Yes, there are the RARE few that have genetic conditions predisposing themselves towards overweight situations. But most people got that way because of unhealthy lifestyles. Shouldn’t we only encourage the healthy ways in help people change their lifestyles?

    1. Nnamdi

      Hello Sarah, I never said or suggested that surgery is a healthy way to lose weight. I only mention that as an option, especially, for those that are over weight beyond measure. In most cases, dieting and exercises may not get the person back to shape, surgery is now being considered.

  2. Raphael

    I appreciate the information in this post. I work with seniors all the time and run into the other side of this. Calories and activity are definitely the key. Thank you!

    1. Nnamdi

      Sure Raph, diet and exercise is always the best way to tackle issues associated with fat.

  3. Nigel

    You mention that skinny people are also prone to having belly fat. That’s me. I know I’m unhealthy, and being skinny nobody knows as it’s hidden. I was just hoping nobody would tell me the truth about my insides! Maybe I should do something about it!

    1. Nnamdi

      Hello Nigel, I will first of all suggest you see a Doctor, and start exercising and eating healthily, if you have not started already.

  4. matt

    Hi great site. You mention strength training as a component to losing belly fat, is there a particular program that you suggest?



    1. Nnamdi

      Yes Matt, strength training like, dead-lift, military press and kettle leg raises will be great.

  5. Hagop Margossian

    Great informational content! Very good information on one who is looking for some great nutritional facts!

    1. Nnamdi

      Thank you Hagop, and please do drop by again.

  6. Michael

    Hey Nnamdi!

    Great article man! This is one of those topics that are always sought after. Obesity is crazy here in the states. I actually didn’t know people over 50 should only be taking in 1300 calories..guess I’m gonna have to put a birdy in my mothers ear lol

    If you haven’t already, you should do an article on HIIT..that’s become very popular and has been the only way I could shed my stomach fat lol

    Anyways..keep up the good work..I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    1. Nnamdi

      Thank you Michael, and I did an article on HIIT, but it was not the main topic, but I did mentioned it and explained. You may check out the article here.

  7. yunier

    You definitely displayed some very good points . I for one know that eating healthy and exercising is the way to go. I’ve lost weight just by adjusting my eating habits and increasing the times i work out from once a week to 3. Good job on the post.

    1. Nnamdi

      Thank you Yunier, and you are already doing great for your self for embracing a healthy lifestyle.

  8. Kari Havu

    Your blog is very interesting due to that I’m just about same niche. Structure and content is good and with pictures and short paragraphs the readability is fine.

    On the right widget area, there is quite a lot stuff. You should evaluate if all that is necessary?

    1. Nnamdi

      Thank you Kari, will look into it. Thanks for dropping by.

  9. Wojtek

    Hello Michael.

    BIG problem for society: Obesity. Your well presented approach to shed fat will be appreciated. In my opinion, problem of obesity lie deeper. Most people lost orientation of life. They eat not because this is natural support of life, they all life is about eating more. That is bad.

    1. Nnamdi

      Yes, I couldn’t agree with you more, the rate obesity is high. And it should be wise for everyone to mind their lifestyle.

    2. AYugen

      Some people eat to live and others live to eat. In an unbalanced values-society like ours in the US, of course there will be more obesity. Many people who didn’t really get their life needs met (eg: belonging, self respect, higher purpose) will eat to ease the pain of such loneliness (deprivation). It just looks strange to fat America to consider that there might be more truly malnourished people here (more basic needs unmet) than in the so called “third world”. That said there is an obscenely unequal access to sufficient basic resources in the world, but I for one wouldn’t be surprised if the level of alienation in the US dropped drastically with the level of participation in pro-needs-satisfaction programs everywhere!

      1. Nnamdi

        Thank you AYugen for that wonderful contribution.

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