Last updated on May 4th, 2019
As we get older it becomes easier to gain weight and seemingly more difficult to keep it off. Changes to the body through menopause and the general aging process mean that you tend to have a reduction in muscle mass which means the rate at which your body processes calories becomes lower. But, that doesn’t have to be the way forward. Here is a brief look at how changing your diet as you age can make all the difference in keeping your body in a healthier shape.
So, first of all, we need to have an understanding of the nutritional change your body needs as it gets older. As mentioned above, the aging process does lead to a natural reduction in muscle mass, however making changes to your diet will have an impact on that process. For example, reducing your calorie intake but increasing foods which are high in fiber or protein and whole grains have been recommended on the basis that it reduces the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
But, far from being another article telling you to cut this and cut that from your diet, it is important to take in scientific advice from across the spectrum. Books such as The Big Fat Surprise have looked to demonstrate that the movement within the nutritional science community to encourage a diet that turns away from fats might have been on the wrong path. This is a fine example of how we must do our own due diligence and develop our own nutrition plan based on the texts available to make sure any diet changes we make are right for the individual.
Instead of just talking about what you can’t do as you get older, let’s look at what you can do. The food that you can make and enjoy. To know which dishes you should be preparing for a healthier lifestyle, understanding what the recommended superfoods are for over-50s is vital. As outlined here, you should be including berries, cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, omega three rich fish, yogurt, the aforementioned whole-grains, and soy. So, there are much more foods that you can add to your recipes. Getting older does not mean enjoying less, but it does mean looking at new ways to enjoy your food.
Before you do go forward and start planning your meals, especially if you are concerned about your health or weight gain as you get older, one major recommendation is to seek advice from your local physician. There is a tendency to treat our cars better than ourselves with regular oil changes and services. Getting a health check doesn’t have to be a daunting event but rather just a normal process that will give you the information you require to go forward and build on your life well into your 50s and beyond.
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Don’t be deterred by the over saturation of information related to your body, your diet, and your health. Always look at where this information is coming from and who is funding it. Look at a wide range of information and don’t take government recommendations on surface value. This is your health, your body, your life so take charge. Be confident that understanding the basics will help you put together your own plan and take control of your own health.