How Does Healthy Eating Effect Aging?

Here are some tips on how to age healthfully by eating healthy and how to handle unplanned weight loss and weight gain.

Sep. 1, 2016 3   min read

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No matter how old you are, there are a number of healthy eating steps you can take to protect your everyday health. Any unexpected changes in weight should be brought to the attention of your physician. If everything goes well with your check-up, here are some tips that may help.

How Eating Healthy Helps

If you are experiencing unplanned weight loss, we often suggest eating six small meals per day. This way you are eating more frequently, but not overwhelmed with the amount of food in front of you. You may also consider a calorie or protein supplement between meals. There are many brand and flavor options available at your grocery store or pharmacy. Worry more about finding foods you can tolerate and enjoy rather than following a specific diet!

If you have seen unplanned weight gain, you may want to incorporate high protein foods into your diet. High protein foods keep you fuller longer so you’re less likely to snack on unhealthy items.  Some great examples of high protein foods include:

  • Beans
  • Low-fat dairy
  • Lean meats, such as chicken, turkey, and fish

These foods give you the protein without excessive calories or fat. You should also eat lots of fruit and vegetables, which are high in fiber and generally low in calories. Read the Nutrition Facts Label and be mindful of proper portion sizes when eating your food.

NEXT STEPS Our Nutrition & Weight Management Center 

For those who would like to better manage their health through diet and nutrition, Rochester Regional Health offers several medically-monitored weight loss programs.

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