Weight loss is one of the most difficult goals that Americans place on their list of resolutions. According to the Center for Disease Control, over one-third of Americans are obese. Advertisers promise us quick fixes for weight loss. How many times have advertisements promised you 10 pounds of weight loss in one week? A rapid, 30 day juice cleanse? We believe that these quick fixes will be the answer to all of our weight problems. Given the statistics, these fads are not working. Read below to learn more about why weight loss is such a challenge, particularly for older adults.
Findings from the National Weight Control Registry suggest that individuals need significantly more exercise than we thought. Five thousand individuals in the registry who lost 60 pounds and maintained their weight loss reported one hour of exercise every day! For older adults, exercising for an hour may not be possible. Therefore, it’s important for older adults to work with an exercise specialist to create a regimen that is right for them.
Eating healthy food in moderation is another piece to the puzzle that is often neglected. Older adults may feel pressured to eat in social situations, especially if festivities center on food. This may be especially prevalent over the holiday season. According to Linda Bacon, associate professor of nutrition at UC Davis, “We get a tremendous amount of pressure to eat for reasons other than nurturing ourselves, and over time, people lose sensitivity to hunger/fullness/appetite signals meant to keep them healthy and well nourished.”
Doolittle Home serves three delicious meals per day under the direction of a licensed dietician and certified food service supervisor. Please call us additional information or to arrange a tour. We invite your inspection and comparison of our unique services to the elderly. There are many options available to those making decisions for aging loved ones but nobody can match the care and commitment of Doolittle Home. Click Here To Watch long time resident Evie talk about Doolittle Home.