Health & Wellness

Boomer Edition | 11th Annual - 2015

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62 Make Friends WiTH (HeaLTHY) FaTs. Fats are unfairly lumped into one glob that tends to get a bum wrap. We actually need some dietary fat to absorb many of the nutrients found in vegetables, like calcium and vitamins A, D, E and K. Sorrentino recommends choosing heart- healthy, plant-based fats and exercising portion control. She offers a simple test to differentiate between good and bad fats. "Bad fats are usually solid at room temperature, like butter, lard or the white fat on animal meat. If the fat is solid at room temperature, it will be solid in your body and clog up your arteries," she says. PuMP uP ProTein inTake. A weightwatcher's best friend, protein controls hunger and appetite and provides energy. For weight loss, Lazarus encourages clients to double the daily recommendation and eat 90 grams of protein a day and at least 30 grams at breakfast. To control appetite, snack on protein-rich foods with at least 15 grams of protein and fewer than 160 calories. by Maribeth Neelis Reining in the hunger It's a frustrating reality: As we age, metabolism slows, and shedding that last bit of holiday weight or dropping a few pounds for swimsuit season becomes more difficult. For other baby boomers, weight gain is a serious medical issue, with the U.S. Census Bureau recently reporting that 72 percent of men and 67 percent of women 65 or older are overweight or obese. experts say small steps can lead to giant leaps in weight- loss quest "Most of the time, we don't eat out of hunger, but because of the effect food has on our brains," says Dr. Ethan Lazarus of the Clinical Nutrition Center in Denver. "We use it as a reward system, to relax, have fun or feel better." Eating out of desire, what Lazarus calls appetite, rather than physical need is fueled by factors such as fatigue, stress, mood and memory and is the first habit that needs to be managed, Lazarus says. He and Sky Ridge Medical Center clinical dietitians Laura Leemon and Eva Sorrentino offer some strategies to manage appetite and physical hunger and achieve sustainable weight loss.

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