Did you resolve to lose weight this year? You’re not alone, especially during these times when it’s harder to eat well and get enough exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight can help us remain active and independent in our later years. But as we grow older, the scale might tell the tale. Check out this infographic for some tips to avoid “senior weight creep.”
Avoiding Age-Related Weight Gain
Eat a healthy diet. Fill your plate with veggies, fruits, whole grains and low-fat proteins. Practice portion control.
What you drink matters, too. Sugar-sweetened beverages and alcohol contain empty calories. Drink plenty of water.
Practice mindful dining. We can train ourselves to crave less food. Turn off the TV. Eat slowly and savor each bite.
Be physically active. We need both aerobic and weight-bearing exercise to help our bodies build muscle and burn fat.
Sleep well. Getting too little sleep or poor-quality sleep can increase hormones in our body that pack on the pounds.
Manage your stress. Stress slows down our metabolism and encourages weight gain, especially unhealthy belly fat.
Talk to your healthcare provider. Ask your doctor or nutritionist for an individualized weight loss plan that’s right for you.