One of the ways that I keep up with what’s available for seniors in my county (Fairfax County) is a small, valuable periodical that I subscribe to called, The Golden Gazette. The topic of “weight loss” was discussed when a reader asked the following:

I am about 30 pounds overweight and I’ve decided that I want to lose weight and get healthier. Can you share some tips for losing weight that would be appropriate for a senior?

The article commended the reader because losing weight has the following benefits:

  • Feel better about yourself
  • Reduce risk of a variety of diseases
  • Help manage chronic diseases
  • Keep you mobile and independent with age

Weight is controlled by a number of things:

  • Family history
  • What you eat and drink
  • Energy you use to live and be active

As I mentioned in a previous post on how to lose weight, this article said the same thing: consume fewer calories from food and beverages and become more physically active. One pound equals 3,500 calories, so in order to lose a pound a week, reduce your caloric intake by 500 calories per day. Cutting out two servings of butter and exercising for 30 minutes at a moderate pace is an example of what you could do.

As always, check with your medical practitioner before embarking on any weight loss program. Here is an excellent Web site with online tools available for you. For other senior services in Fairfax County, check out the Senior Navigator Web site.

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