I'm older than you and have found what works best for me, because I enjoy good food and beer, wine and cocktails is to:
1) Make a real effort to cut out dessert, bread and pasta except once a week. Of course, avoid chips, crackers unless you are served them at a party.
2) drink good beer no more than once a week. If it isn't good beer, don't drink it.
3) Add more tasty steak, fish and chicken dishes along with great salads and veggies. A couple of very good glasses of...