Now that I’m retired, I’ve gained more than a few pounds, what can I do?

Now that I’m retired, I’ve gained more than a few pounds, what can I do?

Poor eating habits and inactivity can lead to weight gain, and if left unchecked, can be linked with a number of health complications. Seniors are at risk for clinical consequences, including type 2 diabetes, arthritis, urinary incontinence and even depression.

While losing weight always sounds easy, for seniors it can be challenging due to the natural slowing down of their metabolism. A 70-year-old might eat the same meal he ate at age 25 but the calories burn at a much slower rate. This can be confusing and frustrating for seniors as they watch the pounds creep up on the scale.

Age doesn’t have to be an obstacle to weight loss and weight management with these 2 strategies in place.

Diet and Beyond: Simply being careful of your calorie intake is paramount. Also, a high protein, low-calorie diet helps many seniors maintain their goal weight.

Exercise and Beyond: You don’t have to run a marathon to be active in your golden years. Walking 30 minutes a day or taking a low-impact fitness class at your local gym or senior center can lead to big health rewards. Sweat can be a good thing!

To learn more about Medical Weight loss, join me for the weekly “Senior Living Chat” Live on Facebook Tuesday 4/13 at 2 pm. My guest will be Dr. Manjinder Kaur, a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Visit Danbury Senior Living on Facebook to learn more!

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