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How to Lose Weight at Age 70 and Beyond

healthy elderly coupleAre you 70 or older and trying to find a way to maintain or lose weight? Basically, any slight changes that you make will enhance the weight loss process. Changing your diet, exercising, or just being more active throughout the course of the day will help.

First, let’s discuss the diet. Try to avoid fast food as often as you can and check food labels as well. I recommend keeping a food log, this holds you accountable and helps you keep track of the amount of calories you intake. Try to focus on foods that are high in protein and low in sodium, fat, saturated fat, and carbohydrates. Make sure to watch your portion sizes, too.

Staying active throughout the day is a must as well. This helps keep the heart rate up and metabolism a little higher than normal. Try going for a walk in the morning, afternoon, and evening, or after each meal that you eat. Accompany these little extra bouts of physical activity along with your everyday workout routine. Try to exercise three to five days a week at 45 to 60 minutes a pop. Use both weight training and cardiovascular training to increase your muscular strength and endurance, stamina, and overall fitness level. Lifting weights will strengthen your bones, improve balance and coordination, and prevent or reduce injury, or any such chronic illness.

Top 10 Reasons To Workout if You are 70 or Older

  • Increase energy levels
  • Improve sleep
  • Improve balance and stability
  • Strengthen bones
  • Improve overall health
  • Increase life-span
  • Decrease or reduce risk of illness or disorder
  • Improve muscular strength and endurance
  • Reduce body fat

See the rest of Matt’s How to Lose Weight at Any Age series:

Lose Weight at 20, Lose Weight at 30, Lose Weight at 40, Lose Weight at 50, Lose Weight at 60

February 17th, 2009

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Phyllis Massey

I am 70 yrs old as of June 2, I hate that I have gained 20 lbs since I retired on dissability in 03-02-01. I am tall so I can hide it but I cannot hide from my Dr.'s scales. I need some help like a food log or somesuch.

posted Jul 1st, 2011 9:31 am



   
 

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