Losing Weight Is Usually Not Good News When You Are 60+

Bizarrely after a lifetime on trying to lose weight for many, unintentional weight loss is relatively common among those of us who are 60 and above. Researchers have found that slightly heavier older adults have fewer health problems than those who are very thin.On the other hand of course, there are many of us who could benefit from losing some weight. If it is hard for you to move around because of aching hips or knees or your diabetes is getting worse, some weight loss may well help. Discuss this with your doctor.

If you have lost weight it can be difficult to regain the lost weight. Here are some tips to help with weight gain or maintenance:

1. If you have a poor appetite, keep having at least three small meals every day with snacks between meals.

Remember, just eating a bit more than you usually do while maintaining the same level of activity should lead to weight gain. 

Older couple preparing vegetables in kitchen (Source: usnews)

Older couple preparing vegetables in kitchen (Source: usnews)

2. Increase the energy (calorie) content of your meals and snacks.

Use full fat milk rather than skim, add healthy fats like olive oil, avocado and nuts. Don’t be afraid to enjoy treats like a piece of cake, a muffin or a cookie with a cup of tea or coffee.

Avocado, pistachio nuts, coriander on toast (Source: thehuiatree)

Avocado, pistachio nuts, coriander on toast (Source: thehuiatree)

3. Replace some of the water or tea you drink with more energy (calorie)-dense liquids such as juice, milk or smoothies.

Strawberry smoothie (Source: spaceshipsandlaserbeams)

Strawberry smoothie (Source: spaceshipsandlaserbeams)

 

4. Puddings, yogurt and custards make delicious calorie-rich snacks, especially if you add a dollop of cream or ice cream.

Chocolate pudding served with vanilla ice cream (Source: foodnetwork)

Chocolate pudding served with vanilla ice cream (Source: foodnetwork)

5. Do you eat alone? Eat more often with family and friends.

Having people around will inspire your cooking and improve your appetite.

Family having dinner together (Source: homesmsp.typepad)

Family having dinner together (Source: homesmsp.typepad)