Maintaining a healthy weight is critical for older adults. When older persons are underweight or overweight, their physical health suffers, leading to osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and other major health problems. Here are six weight-loss options for older adults who wish to improve their health.
The most important thing when attempting to maintain weight is to do it in a healthy manner. When losing weight, for instance, there is a risk that you could end up with gallstones if you change your lifestyle too dramatically. There are instances where people attempt so-called fast means of weight loss, only to find that they harm themselves in the long run.
Retirement communities can provide an excellent solution to maintaining weight at a healthy level. Professional team members trained in fitness and weight management are always on hand to give you advice regarding the types of exercises you should do to maintain your weight. Additionally, they can also provide dietary recommendations which will provide all the nutrients you need while maintaining a healthy weight.
Crucially, they also help you figure out what weight is ideal for your weight and age, so you have a goal to reach. All these factors result in more success in weight maintenance at senior living.
Avoid Focusing on Weight Loss Only
Sometimes, you might need to lose some weight to achieve a healthy weight. Remember that weighing scale readings can be deceiving for older adults, especially those trying to lose weight. Instead of focusing on weight reduction, you should concentrate on fat loss, which can be properly quantified using calipers or a measuring tape.
Excessive weight gain or loss is a severe health concern that can negatively influence your health, mobility, and independence. If you have a significant medical condition and need assistance with everyday duties, they would greatly benefit by moving into an assisted living community. Our team members are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for any assistance you may require, including a holistic approach to weight loss if needed.
Some older adults have a reduced feeling of thirst, either due to the natural processes of aging or when they are on medication that suppresses this. A lack of thirst does not necessarily mean that one is well-hydrated. Every day, you should drink eight glasses of water or thirst-quenching drinks and complement your diet with water-rich foods like cucumber and watermelon. When you feel hungry, you should first take a glass of water, as thirst can sometimes be misinterpreted as hunger. Staying hydrated will help avoid calorie-laden eating that contributes to weight gain.
Increase Your Protein Intake
Lean protein is an essential dietary component for older adults who want to maintain a healthy weight. You should consume foods with lots of amino acids, such as poultry and seafood. To increase protein consumption, you can make a morning smoothie using protein powder. Increased protein intake makes it simpler to grow and maintain muscle mass, especially when combined with regular exercise. You can consult our fitness team members for dietary guidance regarding this.