People are always looking to get fit. Let’s face it, everyone likes to look and feel good. So much to the point that people are constantly changing their diet or workout plan. We all look to very similar dietary foods that will help, greek yogurt, lemons, assorted vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts, etc. Without thought, we think we’re doing things right, but are we? We should start making changes to our diet based on where we are in life. What I mean by this is our nutritional needs change later in life.
As we get older, our bodies tend to change and that’s life. But what attributes to factors like this? Why is it as we get older, our value on nutrition declines as does our health. For one, as we get older, people tend to rely on medications for whatever complications or need that there is. Often times these medications can lead to a decline in appetite. Another factor is our changes in taste, smell, ability to swallow, digestion, and ability to chew. These changes can lead to us choosing different foods. Lets face it, something like an apple may be easier for 21 year old you to eat than 75 year old you just due to the fact that apples require a strong bite. Two things we should pay closer attention to as we get older are the following:
By age 40, your body is just about used to what you have been eating normally over that time. At this time in life, you no longer need this many calories that you had been consuming for 40 years. It can be tough to make such a drastic change but it’s only better for the body. This is not just at one point. Each year after 40 your caloric intake declines. So while you won’t have to make a huge change at the dawn of 40, just know that year in and year out, maybe you’ll have to lose something that was once apart of your everyday diet.
What sarcopenic obesity is a condition in which a person begins to put on fat mass and lose lean mass. As you age, you lose muscle mass and your BMR (basal metabolic rate) declines and you begin to generate a positive caloric balance which in essence adds body fat. The worst part about this condition is that your weight won’t change, only your body fatness.
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