As we age, our needs change. Physically, emotionally, and mentally we are needing different things to satiate us. What most often gets overlooked is that nutritionally our needs change as well.

As we age, our resting metabolic rate declines, which can lead to weight gain and increase your risk for chronic illnesses. At the same time, we are losing lean muscle mass. So what can you do to decrease this?

Harvard Medical School cites these recommendations

  1. Increase your physical activity
  2. Begin resistance training to strengthen muscles, add muscle mass and overall increase your metabolic rate
  3. Improve your diet. Add whole grains, fruit and vegetables, lean protein such as white fish, and non-fat or low-fat dairy
  4. Enjoy your favorite foods! But in Moderation!

For some, this may be a big lifestyle change, but small steps lead to great rewards. Start by walking around the block once a day, or add a vegetable to one meal a day.

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Source: health.harvard.edu