A report recently released by the United States government indicates that 40 percent of people in this country are obese. 10 percent of them are severely obese. Sadly, those numbers are going up quickly. Between 1999 and 2018, the rate of obesity went up by 12 percent and the number of severely obese people doubled.
Obesity is a serious health problem because it is linked to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and more. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Severe obesity is having a BMI of 40 or higher. If your parent is overweight or obese, no matter their age, it’s not too late for them to lose weight and improve their health. Below are some tips that can help older adults to lose weight.
Make Exercise a Regular Part of the Day
Exercise is an important part of weight loss because it helps to burn calories. The only sure-fire way to lose weight is to use up more calories than the senior consumes. Unfortunately, exercise can be more complicated for some seniors because of pain from chronic conditions, such as arthritis. After getting the okay from the doctor, your parent should start slowly. There are many kinds of gentle exercise that burn calories while being easier on the body, such as yoga or swimming.
Increase Protein Intake
Dieting can cause muscle loss. To prevent that, seniors should eat more protein. Experts recommend eating a gram of protein for every 2.2 pounds of body weight. Some healthy sources of protein are fish, eggs, and skinless poultry.
Eat Smaller Amounts More Frequently
Eating smaller amounts of food throughout the day instead of eating three big meals can help keep the metabolism running more efficiently. They should eat at least every 3 hours during the day. However, it’s important to still keep the calorie count lower for weight loss. Writing down what the senior eats and the associated calories can help to keep them within their caloric limits.
Senior care can also assist with weight loss. Senior care providers can cook healthy, low-calorie meals. The senior care provider can also serve the meal in portion sizes that are appropriate and not too large. In addition, senior care can help the elder adult to add more physical activity in their day by taking a walk with them and involving them in things at home that gets them moving.