The Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Weight as You Age

Did you know men and women reaching 65 today can expect to live into their 80s, and that a significant number of older adults are either overweight or underweight? Keeping up with the changes to your body as you get older is a fundamental part of staying well. 

Working with Dr. Gail Altschuler and the expert team of nutritionists here at Marin Weight Loss & Wellness on a nutrition and weight loss plan is an excellent way to ensure that you maintain a healthy weight in your senior years. From individualized grocery lists, to meal planning tips, our nutrition counselors can help you age well with good nutrition and fitness.

Why a healthy weight is even more important as you age

An estimated one-third of the 46 million American adults 65 and over are dealing with obesity, while nearly 2 million seniors are underweight. Many more are outside of a healthy weight without crossing the threshold. Carrying too much or too little weight has negative health consequences and can impact your body.

Being overweight can:

Being underweight can:

How a nutrition counselor can help you maintain a healthy weight

Here at Marin Weight Loss & Wellness, Dr. Altschuler and her team provide comprehensive weight management services for adults of all ages. Through physician-supervised medical weightloss, health coaching, body composition analysis, therapeutic nutrition, and more, our certified specialists can help you reach your weight maintenance goals safely and effectively.

Nutrition counseling can benefit older adults through:

Why a little extra weight is good when you’re older

While there’s no question that being very overweight is detrimental to your health, for adults 65 or older, carrying a few extra pounds isn’t as worrisome. In fact, it can be good for you. For instance, if you become sick or are fighting an illness, having a few extra pounds can protect you from losing too much weight and becoming weak. The goal is to prevent falling into the underweight category.

Keep in mind that there’s a fine line between a few extra pounds and being overweight. For seniors, too little muscle or low body fat can have a significant negative impact on your health, so a few extra pounds provide protection. In general, 10 extra pounds can help keep older adults healthy, according to the latest clinical data.

Weight management plays a vital role in keeping you healthy as you get older. Let us help you lead a long, active life. Call the office or book an appointment using this website to discuss your options. 

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