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Weight Loss for Seniors

Jun 2, 2017 by JR Anchors

Maintaining a healthy weight is important at any age, even for your aging loved one. But losing weight as they get older can be difficult. Seniors have a harder time burning calories than they did when they were younger, but that doesn’t mean they can’t shed off extra pounds.

When it comes to your loved one trying to lose weight, they need to follow the same golden rules that apply to anyone looking to slim down. There are also some specific tips seniors should follow when they are trying to lose weight.

Before your loved one starts a new regimen for weight loss, including exercises and diet changes, have them talk to their primary health physician.

Golden Rules for Weight Loss

  • Calories
    Your loved one needs to burn more calories than they eat or drink. Avoid empty calories that have little to no nutritional value, like sugars and junk food.
  • Eat Healthy
    Have your loved one eat more vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fish, beans, low-fat dairy, and lean poultry and meat.
  • “Fad Diets”

Fad diets, like the Atkins Diet, Paleo Diet, etc., typically don’t last, so have your loved one avoid jumping onto the newest fad diet.

Tips for Seniors for Weight Loss

  • Stay Strong
    As your loved one ages, they will lose muscle mass. With strength training they will be able to keep and build muscle mass, which is key to burning more calories. Safe strength training exercises for seniors include dumbbells, yoga, or Pilates.
  • Protein
    Your loved one’s diet should include about one gram of protein for every 2.2 pounds of body weight. Protein can help your aging loved one gain more muscle mass and it keeps your loved one feeling full for longer. Healthy protein includes salmon, whole eggs, grass-fed beef, and whey protein powder.
  • Hydration
    When exercising or trying to lose weight, your loved one needs to stay hydrated. Sometimes thirst masks itself as hunger, and as your loved one ages they may not notice they are thirsty. Seniors should get at least 64 ounces of water every day, either from drinking water or from foods that are naturally rich in water such as: cucumbers, celery, or tomatoes.
  • Metabolism
    Your loved one can train their metabolism by changing the frequency of their eating habits. Going longer periods without eating causes your metabolism to slow down, so eating smaller meals and snacks about every 3 hours can speed up their metabolism.

Comfort Keepers® in Gainesville

Comfort Keepers® in Gainesville can provide your loved one with in-home care and help with their weight loss plan. From taking them to the doctor to discuss a change in their weight loss plan, to meal preparation for a new diet, our caregivers—called Comfort Keepers® - can provide your loved one with compassionate care to help them live a healthy, independent life.

For more information on how our Comfort Keepers in Gainesville can help your aging loved ones, with weight loss or any other in-home care services, call (352) 221-9244 or click here.

References

http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/features/dieting-tips-older-adults

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