Changes in nutritional needs as you age

Needs fewer calories, more nutrients

A person’s daily calorie needs depend on height, weight, muscle mass, activity level and a number of other factors.

Older adults may need fewer calories because they have less movement, exercise, reduced muscle.

If you eat a sufficient number of calories per day as you did at a young age, you can easily gain more fat, especially around the abdominal area.

This is true in postmenopausal women. By the decline in estrogen levels during this time can promote the storage of abdominal fat.

However, although older adults need fewer calories, they also need some nutrients at a high level.

Nutrients that become important as the body ages include protein, vitamin D, calcium, vitamin B12.

In order for the body to replenish enough nutrients, the elderly should give preference to whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meats.

These healthy foods can help fight nutrient deficiencies, not increase waist circumference.

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