This is basically the diet I was on many years ago, although at that time it wasn’t called the CICO diet. It was great, I didn’t have to give up sweets or my favorite junk foods.
CICO diet, short for “Calories In, Calories Out” – is a nutritional fad diet promising quick results.
The guidelines are pretty simple. You can eat whatever you want as long as you expend more calories than you eat daily. The macros or nutritional values of your food isn’t considered.
While weight loss results will occur, nutritionists and doctors agree it isn’t a healthy way to lose weight for women over 40, or anyone for that matter.
Dangers include a higher risk of diseases later in life such as cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, etc.
My Experience with New CICO Diet
It actually isn’t as new as everyone is saying. I bet you have tried it before as well.
As I mentioned I was on the CICO Diet many years ago…several times, actually. Calories In, Calories Out was how I lost weight many times. Sure, I would reach my goal weight but I wasn’t healthy.
I didn’t realize it so much at the time, but my muscle mass was atrophying and with that, my metabolism was also declining. Metabolism needs muscles to maintain a higher rate of burning calories.
My energy level was low, endurance nonexistent and I was still wearing a size 8 being 130 lbs. (In comparison, now I am 138 lbs and wear a size 0/2.)
Sure, I ate whatever I wanted. All of the sweets and junk food included very little protein and vegetables. Thankfully, I did not have any long-term issues (that I know of) from my poor eating habits for those years!
The Better Diet Choice for Losing Weight Instead of New CICO Diet
It wasn’t until I was in my 40s that one choice led to another to where I am now. You can read more of my story about how I got started here.
I love my healthy life now. Exercising and eating loads of lean protein and vegetables is the foundation of my better health and in turn, size 2 jeans. More important than the size of jeans is how I feel. So much stronger with the stamina of a 20 something-year-old.
Yeah, I know, I didn’t start this off to fit into a size 2 jeans. But that’s what eating a balanced diet and exercising consistently will do!
While I do enjoy some sweets and junk food, I eat those foods in moderation. I actually prefer the vegetables over junk now! Shocker for my old self for sure!
So, if you are looking for a diet to start, I highly recommend a healthier way to lose weight rather than the new CICO Diet.
Women over 40 need to boost metabolism as much as lose extra weight gained over the years. Boosting metabolism is how the weight stays off. Exercising using body weight, bands or traditional weights are very beneficial for toning and building muscle.
Resources for Alternative Weight Loss Methods to new CICO Diet
Here’s another new one for me…lifting weights…and I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner. I am so excited about the weight lifting I have been doing and the results from it! As usual, I am thrilled to share this experience with you so you too can feel this good and have some additional results to celebrate.
About 4 years ago I made the decision to not be fat anymore. I had crept up to 175 lbs and a size 14. My life had taken a huge turn and there were things I wanted to do that would not work well with weighing 175 lbs.
I made some necessary changes in my life, incorporating 7 habits that were the catalyst to where I am now – 35 lbs lighter, a size 2, so much stronger and feeling better than I could have ever hoped for.