Suddenly over 40? Here’s your Diet!


Seems like just the other day, doesn’t it…
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Do you ever feel like it was just the other day you were 25, and then suddenly you were, well, older?

I think the new Doctor Who could relate.

Suddenly he’s awkward with Clara – not only a lot older since regenerating, but tactless and impatient too. It’s a big change from the last two ‘boyfriend Doctors’, and hooray for that.

And just like the Doctor, I sometimes wonder where those extra years came from…

…And how I keep taking much younger people (ok, the kids) on fun and educational adventures they don’t always appreciate as much as I’d like them to 😉

…And how much bigger my car must be on the inside, to hold all the things they leave in it.

…And how much nicer it would be to see the TARDIS on the driveway instead of the Toyota…

Still, there are some advantages. Like, my little ‘companions’ are much cuter and more fun than his 🙂

Fight Fat after Forty

But back in reality, the Doctor doesn’t seem to have put on the extra pounds that I have from those years, so I’ll be the one that’s doing this week’s diet for stressed older women: ‘Fight Fat After 40‘.

I know: women? But couldn’t The Doctor be a woman some day?

To be fair, as an episode storyline, ‘Fighting Fat’ with any Doctor (over 40 or otherwise) probably wouldn’t be up there with Genesis of the Daleks or Blink. Or Silence in the Library. Or the one with the Adipose babies 🙂

Fight Fat After Forty: Safer than the Adipose ("The fat just walks away"...)

Doctor Who (Partners in Crime): “The fat just walks away”…
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‘Fight Fat After 40’ is not the easiest diet book to read. It was hard to turn into an action plan. But after a ridiculously long time I have finally figured out enough of the basic principles:


Stress is bad and makes you fat. Find ways to reduce it, other than with food or drink. Be especially careful after 3pm (the ‘CortiZone’), when the stress hormones that keep us alert start crashing just as our days get busy with kid-related errand running.


  1. Don’t eat dinner after 8pm. Sadly, much though I’d like to do this with time travel, like Clara with her turkey, we’re just going to have to stick with actually being organised 😉
  2. Eat most of your calories (65%) before dinner
  3. Have small healthy snacks at mid-morning and mid-afternoon
  4. Don’t eat starchy foods after 5pm – no rice, potatoes, bread, pasta etc for dinner (actually there’s some rule of maybe once a week but not to is easier to remember)
  5. You can’t really be eating those big family style dinners any more, just as you’re supposed to be making them. (I know, that sucks!)
  6. Don’t drink as much as me 😉 Chamomile tea is good though.
  7. Eat more fruit than I do too
  8. Eat the low fat versions of dairy foods
  9. Eat less than some small number of egg yolks. Personally I can’t bring myself to separate eggs and waste the yolks by throwing them away though, so I will just avoid eggs this week.
  10. The easiest type of dinner to remember is skinless chicken breast and non-starchy vegetables, so I will be making variations on that for a week
  11. The glycaemic index seems to feature during daytime, so make the carbohydrates slower digesting ones. All-bran seems to be the best cereal listed for that, so I’ll be having that.
  12. Low fat yogurt, string cheese and fruit are recommended as snacks
  13. Don’t eat ‘diet’ foods that are fat free but sugary, like fat free cookies

I’m sure I’ve missed a lot out. In particular:


The second half of the book is about exercise, but finishing the diet half was as far as I could get for now. If I don’t try this now, I’ll never even get started.

Good luck to all my fellow travellers this week! How did I get on? Click to find out here…


Have you tried this diet? Or are you holding out for regeneration someday? Read and post your comments: click here…




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  9. great tips! and everything on the list sounds great for people at any age!

  10. Honestly, that diet/eating plan/whatever you want to call it sounds like an eating disorder to me. Who doesn’t know someone who will worry themselves to death to follow the rulz exactly?

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