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Seniors and Diets

Seniors and Diets

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Maintaining a healthy weight is important at any age, but as you get older, maintaining a healthy weight can be a bit more challenging. It might not be as simple as your younger self, but there are some simple senior diet tips that can help you take off those extra pounds.

The “golden rules” of weight-loss apply at any age! You should always be burning more calories than you eat and drink. Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, beans, low-fat or fat-free dairy, and always keep meats and poultry limited. Most importantly, limit sugars by avoiding high-calorie foods with low-nutritional value.

As you age, you lose muscle mass. You can avoid muscle loss by doing strength exercises. Simple strength exercises include weight machines and light hand weights. Yoga and Pilates are great bodyweight exercises that help build muscle mass, too! For more ideas on how to increase your lean muscle, check out our chair exercises.

Stay hydrated! Thirst sometimes disguises itself as hunger, so avoid this fake-hunger by drinking plenty of water. Aim to drink at least 64 oz. of water a day, and eat foods that are naturally rich in water, like cucumbers and tomatoes.

Your metabolism slows as you get older, so try to “outsmart” your metabolism! Starving yourself makes your metabolism slower to conserve energy. Keep your metabolism working by eating several small meals and snacks throughout the day, about every three hours.

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