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Your Guide to Weight Loss Over 60
Maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But for adults over 60, losing weight can be more challenging.
Weight loss basics
The basics of weight loss are the same at any age – burn more calories than you consume and eat a healthy diet with more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and leaner cuts of meat. But as you age your metabolism slows down, making it difficult to lose unwanted weight. In addition, you may not be as active as you used to be.
Weight loss over 60 is possible! Here are 4 ways to get started
1. Put some muscle in your weight loss plan
It is common to experience a reduction of muscle mass as you age. But you can fight back by staying active and engaging in moderate strength training activities such as lifting weights, yoga, or Pilates. Don’t know where to start? Use these tips to jump-start your fitness plan and reach your weight loss goals.
2. Eating well means living well
Your daily food choices make a big difference in your overall health and can make or break your weight loss goals. It’s no secret that practicing good nutrition helps your body get all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs to work its best. Drinking plenty of water and preparing meals yourself (as opposed to packaged foods) can help ensure you eat healthier. Discover more tips to good nutrition here.
3. Stress and weight loss: An unhealthy mix
Stress can cause you to make poor eating choices like skipping meals or overeating. You can develop techniques that help you react to stress in healthier ways. Yoga and meditation are two ways to help develop mindfulness. Assess your stress level with this handy tool.
4. Try a weight loss program
Experts recommend at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise a week. If you have trouble being active, try a weight loss program! These programs can help you reach your weight loss goals and develop healthy eating habits that last. Here’s a simple walking for wellness program that will get you on track.
Discuss your weight loss concerns with your physician to determine the right health and wellness plan for you. With proper nutrition, an active lifestyle, and healthy mental outlook, you’ll be hitting all your goals in no time.
Let us help with your weight loss goals
Here at CarePartners of Connecticut, we’re dedicated to improving the health and wellness of our 60+ community. Make sure you don’t miss another article with tips and tricks for happy aging, plus vital health information that you’ll need to ensure that you’re up to date with relevant health care announcements. Click here or below to keep your health at your fingertips.
Did you know that CarePartners of Connecticut HMO members get a SilverSneakers membership at no additional cost? PLUS, they receive up to $150 each year to join programs to help you reach a healthy weight, such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig.
Call us at 1-844-267-1361 (TTY: 711) to see how you can take advantage of these benefits.