N and her husband are in their 70s and experiencing some health problems. She asks whether food intake recommendations are the same for everyone, regardless of age?
It's a great question, N, and the answer surpirses many.
As we get older we actually require fewer calories to function optimally and be well. The problem is that most of us continue to eat as we did when we were younger. This can lead to weight gain, especially if we're not as physically active as we used to be due to illness.
It would be a good idea to speak with your doctor or a nutritionist to see how many calories you need each day, and the healthiest ways to get them.
In addition, a good physical therapist can help devise an individualized fitness plan for you that takes account of both any physical limitations and your personal wellness goals.
The combination of appropriate (and healthy!) caloric intake with a gentle exercise regimen can help you lose that unwanted weight at any age.
I hope this is of help to you and your husband, N.
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