We often hear about the importance of losing weight – and the struggles that come along with it. The truth, however, is that maintaining a healthy weight can be just as challenging. Once you reach an ideal weight, seniors should still evaluate food choices and commit to exercising regularly. It’s truly about embracing an overall healthy lifestyle.
This lifestyle is rewarded with significant health benefits including lowering your risk for certain conditions including diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease.
There are several ways to determine a healthy weight for your body. The easiest and least technical is looking in the mirror and assessing your body fat (especially where it is located). A more technical measurement is Body Mass Index, or BMI, which compares your weight to your height. Many web sites have easy-to-use calculators to help you determine your BMI. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a great one you can try here.
Once you know your healthy weight, the following tips can help ensure you maintain it.
- Eat an assortment of foods, including fruits, vegetables, grains, fish and poultry
- Evaluate what and how often you eat
- Exercise regularly
- Eat sensible portions
- Be dedicated about losing, gaining or maintaining weight based on your individual situation