Identifying a weight loss goal and attaining it has never been easy for older people. Once we hit 60, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep a check on our weight due to various underlying health issues, our lifestyle and attitude too. But it is definitely not an impossible task.
Trying to lose weight after 60 can be a challenge. As we become older, it is more difficult to give in to temptations and yet not be worried about gaining inches and kilos. This is because, as we age, our metabolism slows down and our body refuses to burn as many calories as it used to when we were in our twenties or thirties or even our forties. But weight loss is not impossible for an elderly person and with a few dietary and lifestyle changes, an elderly person can attain his or her ideal weight. All you need is motivation and a little discipline.
Obesity and health
Obesity in the elderly has been linked to many health issues including memory problems. According to another research, by the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, memory training provided only one-third the benefit to older adults with obesity as compared to the benefit it provided to the adults without obesity. There is growing evidence to show that there is a link between obesity and brain function. Imaging studies report that obesity is associated with more rapid loss of hippocampal volume.
However. there are very few studies that look into the benefits of weight loss in elderly people. A research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that older, overweight and obese adults who participated in a physical activity and weight loss programme had improved body composition, lower cardiovascular disease risk and improved mobility. The findings of the study reveal that the magnitude of weight loss has direct correlation with improved risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic disease. The improvement was primarily influenced by fat loss.
It goes without saying that being overweight can cause many problems in the elderly, reduced mobility, diabetes, hypertension and joint pain being only a few to name. But don’t despair. With slight changes in lifestyle and diet, you can always aim for and attain your ideal weight. Here, we share a few weight loss tips for people on the wrong side of 60.
Do cardio and strength training workouts
It is difficult to think of exercising when you have a stiff back or achy joints, a common issue if you are 60 or above. But it is necessary if you want to lose weight. Cardio exercises and walking are a great start for older adults new to any kind of exercise regime. According to a collaborative study by the University of Kalmar, women above 60 should walk at least 8000 to 10,000 steps a day and men should aim for 11000 steps per day to stay fit. This study involved 14 researchers from the US, Australia, Canada, France and Sweden.