If you asked a hundred people to summarise what a healthy diet looks like for anyone over 55, most people would say increased vitamins and decreased calories are key

As you age, your body changes, and your vitamin, mineral, and calorie needs do too. But there are some key ideas that could help ensure that you live a long and healthy life through proper diet and lifestyle maintenance.

If you’re over 55, here are some great tips to make sure you’re eating enough of ‘the good stuff’ to maintain a healthy body as you age:

1. Find a healthy weight balance

Obesity is a problem at any age, but it’s even more serious for older folk. You ideally want to reach your fifties at a healthy weight (NOT too skinny!), and then not put too much on as you age.

You also want to avoid being too skinny, as skinny elderly people tend to become frail very quickly.

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For optimum life expectancy, you want to be a LITTLE overweight in your later years – not obese, just a little overweight. This means that total calorie-restriction would be a bad idea, but total freedom is not good either.

You need to control your calorie intake, just don’t be too strict. You can allow yourself a few ‘tea-and-cake’ outings with friends and family without feeling too guilty.

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Click page 2 below to find out what macro nutrient you should increase as you age…

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