You’re a middle-aged or older person who’s losing weight even if you don’t want it. Unexpected weight loss can occur for a variety of causes.
It is possible to keep your weight under control and prevent the negative health consequences of weight reduction with some careful preparation.
What causes unplanned weight loss in older adults?
You might be losing weight even if you didn’t mean to.
- Overconsumption of calories
- Being unable to afford to feed oneself
- Becoming melancholy or sad and spending much of your time alone since you can’t go food shopping or prepare for yourself
- Problems with swallowing, mouth, or teeth
- Having problems with food intake due to impaired senses of taste, smell, chewing, or digestion
- Take drugs that can produce nausea and vomiting and make it difficult to swallow as well as a loss of taste and poor appetite due to a medical condition or sicknesses like cancer or heart disease.
- Every day, you consume three or more alcoholic beverages.
When should I be concerned about my weight loss?
A sudden drop in weight might hurt one’s health. Your doctor should be consulted:
- If you’ve shed 4% to 5% of your body weight in the last year without consciously attempting to
- A loss of 10% or more over five to ten years or more without making any conscious effort on your part.
What can accidental weight loss lead to?
Unexpected weight loss can occur for a variety of reasons:
- Restriction of day-to-day activities
- Intensify a medical issue
- Your chance of muscle loss and infection will increase, and your risk of disease, depression, and death.
What are the best foods to help in elderly gain weight?
Unplanned weight loss can be avoided by making tiny dietary adjustments throughout the day. Find out more about healthy eating in the following paragraphs.
Eat enough food
There are a lot of older adults who don’t eat enough. Weight loss and vitamin and mineral deficits might occur as a result of this. Try these things:
Eat smaller meals more often.
- At each meal and snack, go for high-calorie, high-protein options. Include foods high in fat, such as cheese with at least 20% M.F. (milk fat) and yogurt with at least 3% M.F.
- Make your nut butter or use store-bought. Dinner options include baked chicken and potatoes and protein bars.
- Add non-hydrogenated margarine or olive oil to your brown rice or steamed veggies to make your meals more nutritious.
- After a meal or snack, follow up with a glass of something calorically or pyrotechnically dense. If you’re looking for additional calories, go for a milkshake or whole (homo) milk with milk powder added to the mix.
Eat foods with the right texture.
- Some meals might be challenging to consume if you have dentures that don’t fit or if you have missing teeth. Changing how food is prepared or consuming alternative meals may be beneficial in reducing obesity and related health issues.
- Meals processors may be used to grind up your food.
- Soften things like meat, veggies, and grains by cooking them longer.
- Soft meals such as yogurt, meatloaf, avocado, and eggs will help you feel fuller. Menu planning options may be found by clicking Eating Soft Foods.
Increase your appetite
- Get your hands dirty! This may increase your desire to eat by stimulating your sense of hunger. Consult your physician to determine the appropriate level and type of physical exercise for you. To learn more, go to How to Get Active.
- Your appetite might be boosted by a variety of flavors in your diet. Cinnamon and sage can be added to sweet potatoes and poultry.
Will a nutritional supplement help?
If you have lost too much weight, your doctor or a Registered Dietitian may suggest a nutritional supplement.
Additional calories, vitamins, and minerals are provided via a nutritional supplement that might be powder, liquid, or pudding-like.
For liquid nutritional supplements, take them between meals to have more room for solid food at mealtime.