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Four Ways to Lose Weight Over 60
Maintaining a healthy weight is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But for adults over the age of 60, losing weight can be more challenging.
Stick to the basics
The basics of weight loss are the same regardless of your age – burn more calories than you take in and eat a diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and leaner cuts of meat. As you get older, new challenges make it difficult to lose weight. Your metabolism slows down making it harder to lose unwanted weight. Plus, you may not be able to participate in the same level of physical activity as you used to. But there are things you can do to make losing weight a little easier.
4 ways to lose weight over 60
1. Stay active
To help prevent the loss of muscle mass as you age, stay physically active with activities such as moderate strength training like lifting weights or activities such as yoga or Pilates. CarePartners of Connecticut HMO members get a SilverSneakers membership at no additional cost. Whether you play tennis, swim laps, do yoga, or lift weights, you can find an activity at one of the SilverSneakers locations near you.
2. Eat right
Making sure your body gets all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs to work its best can make a big difference in your health. Drink plenty of water and try to prepare meals yourself (as opposed to packaged foods) to help ensure you eat healthier. CarePartners of Connecticut HMO members can use their Extra Discounts to save 50% off the subscription rate for DASH for Health, an online program dedicated to helping you eat better by using the DASH Diet, and save 25% on a subscription to Dinner Daily – a program that makes healthy, delicious dinners easy and affordable by providing you with weekly dinner plans customized for your food preferences, dietary needs, and the specials at your local grocery store!
3. Manage stress
Stress can cause overeating, but you can develop techniques that help you react to stress in healthier ways. Yoga and meditation are two ways to help develop mindfulness. CarePartners of Connecticut HMO members can use their Extra Discounts to receive discounts on online meditation and yoga programs.
4. Try a weight loss program
Weight loss programs can help you develop healthy eating habits to reach your weight loss goals. CarePartners of Connecticut HMO members get up to $150 each year to join programs to help you reach a healthy weight such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig.
Discuss your weight loss concerns with your doctor to determine the right health and wellness plan for you. With proper nutrition, an active lifestyle and healthy mental outlook, you’ll be reaching your goals in no time.
Discounts and services included in the Extras program are not plan benefits and are not subject to the Medicare appeals process.