Eating a Balanced Diet As An Older Adult

Eating a balanced diet according to expert nutritionists is tantamount to being healthy.

The next question becomes what is a balanced diet? According to one popular definition it must include several nutrients.

Those nutrients are proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, fats, vitamins, fibre and water.

It is my belief that it is almost impossible to eat a balanced diet everyday. The only way this could happen is if nutrition experts are tailoring your meals.

They must know the nutrient composition of each recommended food. The amount of each nutrient in each food according to its weight, must also be known.

Like many of you, I have always believed that its not what you eat, but how much of it you eat.

Following this philosophy worked for me when I was younger. As I have gotten older I am changing my belief on this.

Why am I changing my belief, you may ask? I am finding as an older adult (78 years) my metabolic rate is not high as it use to be.

As a result I am not burning the calories that I am taking in. The resulting overage in calories has continued to build and adding fat to my body.

This is happening even though I have continued to exercise as I always have.

I even tried to cut back on my eating in hopes of losing my extra weight. That didn't work as the fat continued to build.

I did lose weight but it was the wrong kind. I was losing muscle weight instead of fat weight.

This led me to believe that you cannot fool your body. When dieting this way your body senses that you going into a starvation mode and retains the fat. This is at the expense of muscle loss.

My belief now is that you must eat more nutrient based foods. This in combination with restricting the amount of food you take in.

Another important trait to remember is not to eat a meal before going to bed. You will be immobile during sleep and not burn a significant amount of calories. The excess contributing to build up of fat.

You should also be cognizant of your sugar intake. This is also very important

If you have a strong exercise program you will need to eat more.

If you are an older adult you may try my new philosophy. Eat more nutrient based foods and restrict the amount.

This should help you to control the fat composition of your body.

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