Updated: Jun 21, 2018
As you get older, your need to fill your body with healthy nutrients becomes more vital. Eating healthy starts with having a well-balanced diet full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other essential supplements. At the same time, you need to be aware of the high processed sugars, trans fats, and salt that could creep into your diet. Something to take note of when starting a new diet is that eating healthy at an older age is different than eating healthy at a younger age. You’ll find that you need fewer calories as an adult, as you won't be burning as much fat and your metabolism has slowed quite a bit since your younger years. It is also possible for older adults to experience a loss in appetite, as it is common for your senses of smell and taste to diminish. This, however, is not necessarily a problem because your body will ultimately be burning fewer calories.
While age alone can affect the food you should and should not be eating, the different medical conditions you may be experiencing can affect your diet as well. A doctor may recommend different diets to help with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. It is also possible that the medications you take may affect your diet; some medications make it impossible to metabolize certain foods. If you are on any medication, be sure to check with your doctor before creating and implementing any specific plan for a diet. Other areas, such as your oral health and overall home life, can also have heavy effects on your diet. When it comes to eating healthy at an older age, everyone is different. A diet that may work well for someone else may not work for you. With our initial dieting tips above, you can start your path to a healthier lifestyle that works for you and your age.