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Is 35 Too Old To Lose Weight?

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Hi, it’s Ivana, helping you get fit healthy and strong at any age.

Today, I’m going to answer the question, “Is thirty-five too old to lose weight?”

And given that my specialty is helping people 35 and older lose weight and get stronger…then I guess you can imagine what I’m going to say!

No, it’s not too old.

Stop Saying “I’m Too Old!”

I really don’t like that expression too old for anything. I mean, obviously there are certain things that are not going to happen. If you’re 50 and just took up basketball, you’re probably not going to be in the NBA.

Sure. You’re too old. Or you started too late and that sort of thing.

But in terms of normal day to day, life, things that you can achieve, I really think that you shouldn’t restrict yourself in terms of losing weight over 35. It is harder.

I’m not going to deny that. A lot of people will say, “Oh, I turned 30. And then that’s when it all changed.”

Some people will say, “I turned 35. That’s when it changed.”

Some people go to 40. And I had a client once and she said, “Since I turned 70, it’s become a lot harder.”

So there’s a lot of variation!

Changes That Make You Feel “Too Old”

There are some things that are physiological. There are some changes that are happening. Your muscles take a little bit longer to repair and recover. If you’re in your forties or fifties, then your muscle building potential is not at its peak.

But if you never reached that potential when you were in your late twenties, then you very well could be in really good shape in your forties or fifties. And better than you were in your twenties. Your potential came a little bit earlier, but that’s okay because most people never reach that potential.

Athletes Who Never Met Their Potential

Even if you look at superstar athletes. A lot of them, they could have done better if they had the mental skills at the right time, or if they had the same type of training.

If you look back at athletes from 30 or 40 years ago, they didn’t have the tools that athletes have now. And if they did, they probably could have reached even a higher level. So let’s not get too bogged down with that.

What Becomes Harder As You Get Older?

It can become harder to lose weight because your insulin sensitivity can decrease as you get older as well. So your tolerance for carbs, maybe you used to eat the whole pizza after a whole night of drinking beer and you were totally fine and lean in your twenties.

You probably can’t get away with that anymore.

In your forties and fifties, you have to be more mindful of that.

The Role Of Protein & Weight Training In Aging

It’s also important that you get more protein as you get older, because you want to maintain as much of that muscle as you can. You also want to build muscle through weight training.

You will start to lose half to 1% of your muscle mass per year, every year, over 35. If you don’t do anything to maintain it.

You need to do weight training. You’ll need to do progressive resistance training. So you’re working your way up ass you get stronger. You increase your weights or you change your exercises.

And you also need to have enough protein. So you need the stimulus and you need the protein in order to build.

What I Recommend To Lose Weight Over 35

So those are two of the things I think you should focus on. If you want to lose weight over 35.

And I’ve had tons of clients who have lost weight over 35 in their thirties, forties, and fifties.

My Experience

I was able to do it myself. And I’m finally able to (unlike my twenties, when my weight used to go up and down all the time). And I was constantly trying to lose that last 10 pounds. Now this is a comfortable weight for me to maintain. I can have treats. I exercise, but not excessively. I’m able to stay comfortably at this weight. Around this level of leanness, depending on how many treats I have and how much I’m working out.

Will it get harder as I get older?

Yeah, probably.

Even though I’m going to try to keep building the muscle and maintain what I’ve got over time.

You’re Not To Old To Maintain Your Weight

You may need to decrease your caloric intake slightly in order to maintain the same results that you had before.

Part of that comes through muscle mass loss. So if you’re able to maintain the muscle, then you’re not going to have that much of a decrease in your metabolism.

But there are other factors at play as well. Even though it’s harder, it is possible to lose weight.

So no, you’re not too old to lose weight. If you’re 35 or older, I hope you liked the sound of that.

Ivana Chapman

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 6-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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