Posted on 22 Sep 2019 Views 5912 Comments 16
Recently, there has been some conversation over our support forums about weight loss for seniors. In particular, some customers wondered if there is an age limit to actively losing weight, and in particular, losing weight using the Slim & Save programme. So, we thought we’d produce an article to give you facts about this important subject.
The simple answer is that ‘age is nothing but a number’ – if you want to actively lose weight, this is entirely your choice and there is no particular age limit. However, there are a few things to consider when it comes to weight loss for seniors:
There are a few issues to consider before you consider trying to lose weight as an older adult:
The Department of Health recommends that everyone should take a vitamin D supplement (containing 10 micrograms) during autumn and winter. We only get small amounts of vitamin D from food – the majority is made by the body by the action of sunlight on the skin during the spring and summer months. Vitamin D helps to control the amount of calcium and phosphate in our bodies to promote healthy bones, teeth and muscles. It is a good idea to consider taking vitamin D supplement all year round. This is especially recommended if you don’t get outside much or usually wear clothes that cover up most of your skin when outdoors. If you are following the Simplicity programme, the products are supplemented already to ensure you achieve the recommended level. If you are following the Lifestyle plan, it would be best to include a top up supplement. For more information on vitamin D, please visit the NHS Choices website (3). If you have been diagnosed with osteopaenia or osteoporosis, you will require a higher dose of vitamin D – be sure to speak to your doctor about this.
Written by Annemarie Aburrow RD BSc (Hons) PGDip, Slim & Save Dietitian.
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(1) National Obesity Forum - Very Low Energy Diets
(2) NHS - BMI & Survival In Older People
(3) NHS - Vitamins & Minerals
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