Updated: Jul 20
When it comes to weight loss for seniors, there are many approaches and suggestions. Unfortunately, it's somewhat overwhelming in the number of methods and ideas that are out there on the "best weight loss diet" or "new pill to lose belly fat."
So if you are looking to lose a couple of pounds but not sure where to start or if you've tried going on different diets like keto or weight watchers and we're unsuccessful, these strategies might be helpful.
I struggled with weight gain in my youth, and as a young adult, particularly when I became a father, I worked to find time in the day to focus on my nutrition and was lost with what foods were best to prepare even when crunched for time.
Sometimes we might think it's best to restrict our calories to lose weight. However, for seniors, calorie restriction is not the best method for weight loss.
If you're looking to adopt a nutritional lifestyle for the long term, particularly for seniors or older adults, understanding the best nutrition for the elderly is highly important. In addition, unintentional weight loss in seniors can indicate a medical issue and should be discussed with your healthcare provider.
1) What is the best way to lose a few pounds as you age, even if you don't want to give up eating?
Healthy eating is essential for all ages. A well-rounded eating plan focused on improving your energy level and maintaining strength and endurance can boost your mood and help you keep active and take less stress off of your joints due to maintaining a properly well-balanced nutritional plan. Starting with small changes can add up over time.
2) Why is it so important to lose weight if you are struggling with arthritis or have joint pain that makes it challenging to perform your daily activities and keep up with your peers?
The ability to carry less weight may allow you to move more freely and decrease the demand and strain on your muscles, tendons, and bone structures. And in turn, it may help take the stress off your joints when you're able to fuel your body with proper nutrition and water intake. Also, some older adults that we assist with in-home physical therapy and our aging healthy nutritional program are looking for a plan for their nutritional guidance when they have conditions like heart failure, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Being a diabetic or having a heart condition can take a significant toll on your body, and carrying more weight may exacerbate some of the common issues associated with these medical conditions.
3) What are the best exercises for seniors to help with weight loss?
A well-rounded exercise plan customized to your abilities and personal health requirements is crucial. Understanding that all exercise is not the same, we primarily assist individuals in setting up programs that include exercises for seniors and exercises for the elderly in particular ways to implement an exercise program, so it's not time-consuming and cumbersome to help you or your loved one stick to the program.
Understanding what type of nutrition and exercise routine is best for your particular situation can be tricky and sometimes frustrating to manage on your own.
As a mobile in-home physical and occupational therapy provider in the Greater Milwaukee area, we help individuals aged 65+ improve their mobility to keep them active and living at the most optimal level.
If you are looking for assistance with your weight loss plan or exercises for seniors or wondering how to improve your mobility and live in Waukesha, Brookfield, New Berlin, Pewaukee, Delafield, Hartland, Oconomowoc, Greenfield, New Berlin, Muskego, Wales, Greendale, Franklin, Oak Creek, Whitefish Bay, or in surrounding Greater Milwaukee communities. Need help with weight loss or nutrition? Please complete this quick questionnaire, and we'll be in touch!
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