A recent study has stated the obvious: a combination of diet and exercise are the most beneficial for weight loss in people over the age of 65. Oddly enough, until now no one had conducted a study to prove this strategy for that age group.
Now we know for sure. The common sense approach works!
As the years roll by, a slow accumulation of weight can result in significant weight gain by the time some reach their senior years. A slowing metabolism means eating the same number of calories you ate in younger years and suffered no weight gain isn’t the case anymore! It also seems that as many people age they become significantly less active. Little aches and pains, the additional weight, and increasing tiredness keep too many glued to the couch.
It is a well-proven fact that weight loss can only occur when calorie intake is less than calorie output. This can be achieved by reducing the number of calories consumed or by increasing your expenditure of calories. The best way to drop those stubborn pounds is to combine these strategies and simultaneously improve diet while starting a regular exercise routine.
The goal of weight loss diets isn’t just to lose weight as fast as possible, but to eat a healthy, balanced diet that supports weight loss and optimal health. As we age, many chronic diseases take hold. For instance, problems such as memory loss and high blood sugar can occur. Diet and exercise have been shown to help alleviate many of these problems. Therefore, it is important to address these issues along with weight loss means. This means eating plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meats, whole grains and coldwater fish. These foods are naturally lower in calories than highly processed foods and they are packed with vital nutrients.
Exercise has been shown to reverse Type 2 diabetes, improve cardiovascular functioning, help bring clarity to mental abilities, and speed weight loss. Finding an exercise routine that you enjoy is the key to sticking with it. If you hate going to a smelly gym then find another activity. There is no need to invest in a lot of equipment either. Walking is a perfect exercise, providing a good cardiovascular workout and while gently burning those calories. Even if you just get off the couch and do some gardening or household chores, you still are getting your muscles working.
Swimming is a form of exercise perfectly suited to seniors. The buoyancy of the body in water alleviates the stress on joints that can occur with walking or other forms of exercise. Many senior centers and local health clubs have heated pools for swimming year-round. Hotels sometimes offer memberships to their pools. Dance classes are another enjoyable way of increasing movement.
As you lose weight by eating healthy and exercising, you’ll be surprised at the additional benefits. Mood improves along with energy levels. Joints become less stiff and many aches and pains just melt away. A feeling of accomplishment puts a smile on your face as you watch the numbers on the scale go down!