Mar 28, 2018 by Lisa Carson RN, BSN
Portion control can condition a senior’s body to become full after eating smaller quantities of food so that they can achieve their weight loss goals and maintain a healthy weight. Since losing weight is difficult for most adults; however, controlling portion sizes is a very effective way to maintain a healthy weight. Seniors that find it difficult to gauge portion sizes can rely on an in home care services from Comfort Keepers for help the help they need in the kitchen and around the house.
In honor of National Nutrition Month, senior in Lubbock, TX should determine if they are eating proper portions. Larger portions come with more calories and encourage older adults to eat more than they otherwise would. Here are some easy portion control tips for seniors:
Seniors have likely been taught to finish their plate in order to avoid food waste and are more likely to overeat when they use larger plates. Therefore, smaller plates can help older adults prevent overeating.
Drinking plenty of water can make it easier for older adults to cut back on calories without feeling hungry. Seniors should drink at least eight-ounce glasses of water each day. It helps to have a senior care provider there to remind your loved one about drinking enough fluids throughout the day.
By loading up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and fiber-filled foods first, older adults will be less likely to overindulge on sweets, unhealthy fats, and other unhealthy foods.
Measuring cups and scales can help seniors better prepare the appropriate portion sizes. Once they use cups and scales for a while, they can eyeball the correct amount. Seniors who find cooking conversions and other recipe changes for preparing smaller amounts of food too difficult can often benefit from in home care. Caregivers from Comfort Keepers of Lubbock are happy to help your loved one with meal preparation. We can even provide safe and reliable transportation to the grocery store for healthy ingredients.
Seniors who skip meals become hungry and are more likely to eat portions that are far too large. For this reason, they should stick to three nutritious meals each day as well as a few snacks. Whenever possible, older adults should refrain from going longer than five hours without eating.
Restaurants are known for serving oversized portions. Seniors who dine out regularly should split meals with their friends and loved ones or ask for half of their meal to be packed up in a doggy bag.
If your senior loved one in Lubbock, TX is overweight and struggles with portion control or eating a healthy diet contact us today to find out how in home care can help your loved one maintain a healthy weight and improved lifestyle at home.