In the US key statistics, more than one third of older adults (amounts to 8 million in numbers) who are in the age 65 and above are obese in the years 2007 and 2010. And these numbers has seen a continuous increase since 1999 studies up to the present. And this statistics tilts more into female gender, making women more obese than men.
This is where the concern starts. Most of the elderly may be waiting to lose this extra weight but may not have all the means to do it or are just a little bit unengaged in the process and things to do.
As a senior, many may have all the commitment to lose all the extra weight and live a healthier life but they are thwarted by different diet plans and different complicated fitness routines. And all the more, their age may find affect their quest to lose weight.
Lose it Safely
Mostly, it isn’t just to make yourself healthy but to do it safely. You aren’t young anymore to result into crash diets or any fad diets. You can’t endure long and complicated gym trainings. So what do you do? Here are some tips.
- Assess your overall health. Since as an elderly, you may not be at your peak. Your overall physical condition may need to be evaluated. Your conditions should be put into the first consideration. Check if you are cleared to do some weight lifting, if you’re okay to run or if you’re okay with nay diet. If your doctor said yes, then let it be your jumpstart.
- Eat healthy. You may need to consult your dietician for this. Since you are not young anymore, your body may need additional nutrients. AS much as possible, avoid processed foods and concentrate on natural ones like fruits and vegetables. And if it’s okay, you can have 4 to six small meals a day instead of 3 big ones. The scattered meals will help hasten your metabolic process. Eat good fast and avoid starchy foods and carbs. And some elderly have sedentary lifestyles which can make carbs turn to fat.
- Drink water. Water can flush out toxins. It can remove all that is unhealthy in your system and in your guts. To go with water, have some fruit juices and vegetable juices.
- Walk. A walking program can make a difference. It should start as a comfortable walking. You can do the increase as time pass by. Star it by 30 minute a day for 3 days a week. Then increase the time spent and the day. And to make it fun, do it with your friends or meet up with fun people.
- Look for a gym that can help. Some gym may not be helpful, but you can look for those that can help older people. They have trainings and programs that are especially designed for you. A personal trainer can help a lot since he or she can personalized all the routines fro you and your capabilities.
- Find a group to work with. If you have friends, you can do all these quest with them. It will make it more meaningful and fun and won’t look like you are exerting some effort.
- Have healthy supplements. All vitamins can help. Omega-3 can be very beneficial in keeping you strong. Vitamin B and A can help as well. All helpful vitamins can help you keep up with your future activities ahead.8
What to avoid
- Avoid Alcohol.
- Avoid starving; it can trigger some bad effects in your system.
- Do not force yourself, start slow.
- Do not do things beyond your capabilities, nor expect too much. Keep it real.
- Do not stress yourself.
Again keep it real, keep it healthy and keep it safe. Good luck with your weight loss quest!