It’s no surprise that as we age metabolism slows down, a recent article in the Washington post offers solutions to keep your weight in check. The national institute of health recommends keeping your BMI under 25 (wondering where you fall? Use this handy calculator: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm) But as we age, a little extra weight can be somewhat beneficial, as studies show it helps to deter osteoporosis, malnutrition, and falls. However extra weight can also lead to greater risk of heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. Many doctors are recommending the Mediterranean diet as a great example of how to eat healthy
The emphasis on heart healthy grains, vegetables and fruits is the basis of an excellent diet. This model also encourages daily physical exercise of whatever sort suits your lifestyle, experts know that a sedentary lifestyle encourages all kinds of health problems later in life.
Don’t get overwhelmed with weight loss, studies suggest that simply losing 7-8% of body weight can make a big difference in overall health.
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