Many women fear spreading middle age in their 50s.
While some arrive, others say they are in the best shape of their lives.
Jennifer Lopez showed her sensational abs in a shorter top – all the more impressive as she turned 50 last week.
J-Lo is of course a sports addict, but – as five women say to SADIE NICHOLAS – that does not mean that such a figure is out of reach of ordinary women.
I AM PARTIALLY AT PIZZA
Jeanne Horak, 50, is divorced and lives in London. She works for a law firm and has a food blog. Jeanne, who weighs 9 pounds 4 pounds and is 5ft 5in long, says:
Five years ago I broke my right thigh in two places on a ski slope. I faced months of rehabilitation and a scan revealed that my bone density was slightly below average for my age and would only get worse with menopause.
Jeanne Horak, 50, is divorced and lives in London. She works for a law firm and has a food blog. Pictured immediately after its transformation and left earlier
Although I had only done the strange aerobics class, I went to a gym and started walking and using the bike until I could run. I enjoyed learning sports and eventually added weights, rowing, sit-ups and crunches. I also discarded processed foods. Still, I treat myself to a glass of wine three or four times a week and occasionally enjoy a pizza.
The transformation is incredible. My double chin has disappeared and I have dropped from size 14 to 10. Although I do not claim to have a six pack, I have a slender, muscular stomach that friends envy.
Last year I went shopping in South Africa with a friend. When I got out of the dressing room in a hot pink bikini, she said, "Wow, how did those abs and that figure happen?"
I recently moved, but did not need help lifting heavy boxes or getting the lawn mower and a large barbecue out of the shed.
I prove that it is possible to love food, have a full-time job and still find time to exercise.
I HEAR THREE CAESAREANS
Debra Geard, 49, is the founder of a women's running group and lives in Hertfordshire with husband Tom, 47, a construction project manager, and their three children aged 15, 14, and 12. Debra, who weighs 8 pounds and is 5ft, says:
Although my clothing size has always been eight or ten, I have changed my shape in the last 18 months.
I never thought I would look so good in my years & # 39; 20, let alone now, about to change 50 and a year into the transition.
My secret? Exercise, weightlifting and moderation. Until the beginning of last year, although I was fit, my abdominal muscles were buried under a layer of fat and I always suffered from knee and hip injuries.
I had always used the treadmill, cross trainer or exercise bike in the gym and was a big fan of running after I started my running club ten years ago.
My osteopath advised me to do more resistance work with weights to build muscle mass and bone density.
Debra Geard, 49, is the founder of a women's running group and lives in Hertfordshire with husband Tom, 47, a construction project manager. Debra is on the left before her transformation and on the right after that
So I signed up for an online weight training program of eight weeks. I started lifting weights in the gym five times a week, alternating upper and lower body workouts, all focused on my core muscles. I started eating smaller portions of chocolate or ice cream and kept to 1500 calories a day using an app called MyFitnessPal to track my intake. I also switched to a protein-rich diet.
Breakfast is now porridge topped with a dollop of jam or peanut butter. Lunch is tuna salad with a hard-boiled egg and a bagel, and dinner is chicken with vegetables and rice. I snack on abundant amounts of berries.
After eight weeks, my body underwent an amazing transformation. I had muscles that I had never seen before and to my delight a six pack!
It is all second nature. But if there is a special event, I will enjoy the food I want, such as during a champagne picnic at Royal Ascot last month.
Tom thinks my figure is fantastic and the 100 ladies in my running club are incredibly complementary. Other friends who don't like fitness are less enthusiastic and tell me that I am "too muscular" or "have lost too much weight."
But I feel fantastic and can now handle 75 kg of deadlift – I could barely lift the bar before!
It gives strength to be strong and to have a six pack, especially after three caesarean sections. I can't wait to show off my abs in a bikini when we go on vacation to South America this summer to celebrate my 50th birthday.
I REPLACED PASTA AND ALCOHOL WITH WEIGHT TRAINING AND FAT BURNING COFFEE
Angela Middleton MBE, 56, is the CEO and founder of The MiddletonMurray Group, an award-winning learning company and consultancy. She lives in West London and has two children aged 25 and 26. Angela weighs 7 pounds 5 and is 5ft 2in tall. She says:
When I look at my six pack, I can hardly believe that three years ago I was staring at the fat roll on my stomach and resigned myself to having a middle-aged spread.
I have always done cardio lessons and until I turned 50, I could eat whatever I wanted. Suddenly I started to arrive, especially around the middle one, until the 9th.
Frustrated, I did 15 bootcamps in one month but there was still no change.
Angela Middleton MBE, 56, is the CEO and founder of The MiddletonMurray Group, an award-winning learning company and consultancy. Angela left before her transformation and immediately afterwards
Around the same time my son lifted weights with great results, so in October 2016 I signed up for a weight training and nutrition program.
In January 2017 I had lost only a few pounds, but I followed the plan to the letter, including five weight training sessions per week with weighted squats and dumbbell presses, and at least 10,000 steps a day. I gave up pasta and alcohol and got seven and a half hours of sleep every night. Adequate sleep helps weight loss.
Now I start the day with a Bulletproof coffee – a special blend mixed with a tablespoon of butter from grass-fed cows that helps the body burn fat by stimulating your metabolism.
After my morning training I eat porridge and eggs. Lunch can be chicken salad and Greek yogurt, while dinner is poultry, salmon or beef with lentils or sweet potato and vegetables. I snack on mango, nuts and berries and eat 1,900 calories a day.
I walk through meetings in London to take 15,000 steps a day. Within eight months my limp belly disappeared, replaced by an impressive six-pack.
I feel strong, powerful and more confident. I never want my abs to be hidden under a layer of fat.
POWERWALKING AND YOGA TRANSFORMED MY FIGURE
Carolyne Zvikler, 53, is a photographer and lives in Cheshire. She is divorced with three children aged 25, 28 and 31. Carolyne, who weighs 8 pounds 2 and is 5ft 5in long, says:
Since I met my American partner Mike in 2017 and started to visit him in Atlanta, my abdominal muscles have come into their own. He organizes swimming pool parties and there is nothing better than wearing the bikini in public to motivate me.
I walk four miles a day, sweating abdominal muscles fast and strenuous.
Carolyne Zvikler, 53, is a photographer and lives in Cheshire. She is divorced with three children aged 25, 28 and 31. Carolyn for her transformation left and then right
I also do yoga four times a week, which works my core muscles with all those planks – where you rest on your elbows in a pressure position – and cobra movements, where you lie flat and bend your upper body like a snake.
When I divorced in 2002, I went to a yoga studio, but didn't have the time or money to sustain it.
But when I turned 40 and the kids were older, I wanted us all to be healthier, so I started cooking all over again. Although I am careful with what I eat, I refuse to deny myself. A few years ago I completely cut out cake and chocolate, but it made me miserable.
Now I drink a coffee and a treat every day, whether it's a dessert or a slice of cake. If I do at least one hour of activity. it balances.
I want other women to realize that they can look and feel that way.
NOW I GOT MORE ENERGY THAN 30 YEARS AGO!
Julie Silver, 51, is a wellness therapist and lives in Manchester. She is divorced with a son, 23. Julie, who weighs 7th 7 pounds and is 5ft 2in long, says:
When I tell people how old I am, the general response is: & # 39; Really not! & # 39;
I was always slim and health-conscious, but I was always so bloated that I looked pregnant.
There was a time in my early 40s when I really didn't like the way I looked, how tight my clothes sometimes felt, or how slow I was. So, after years of dabbling in practice, I started yoga and invested in a rebounder – a mini trampoline.
Julie Silver, 51, is a wellness therapist and lives in Manchester. She is divorced with a son, 23. On the photo on the left Julie is standing before her switch and immediately afterwards
I pledged to get up earlier every morning and practice at least 30 minutes before the workday by following yoga tutorials on YouTube when I didn't have time to attend a class.
I also have a few Kettlebells – cast-iron ball weights with a single handle – and use them occasionally to do weighted sit-ups.
In addition to exercising, I also began brushing the body – using a strong brush everywhere – to improve the condition of my skin. I also cut wheat from my diet. The bloated feeling disappeared and I felt less tired.
Inspired, I then cut less dairy and refined sugar. While, as soon as I hurried a main course to go to dessert, I stopped craving sweet things.
The result is that my shape and tone have improved and that I now have more energy than in my years & # 39; 20 and & # 39; 30.
The biggest surprise is that I have a definition for my abs that I have always missed.
Recently I was in a bikini in a health club and a lady told me: "I would like a figure and belly like yours."
I replied that with a little effort she could.
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