What are some guidelines for older adults who want to lose weight?

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F. Michael Gloth, III
Geriatric Medicine
Some key guidelines for older adults who want to lose weight include:
  • Complex carbohydrates are preferable, especially those high in fiber content.
  • Stick with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fats.
  • Drink more water.
  • Incorporate more activities into your schedule, including regular exercise.
  • When you drink alcoholic beverages, minimize the high caloric impact by avoiding the high-calorie mixers or simple sugars that are added to many mixed drinks.
  • Vitamin supplements in the form of a daily multivitamin might be useful, but additional calcium and vitamin D supplements are warranted as we get older.
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