Eat For Your Age: Why Your Diet Isn’t Working Anymore
Aging sucks. But it shouldn’t stop you from living the life you want. If you eat for your age, you can get fit and stay fit for good.
Over 40 and can’t lose weight? Hitting 30 and wondering why you can’t eat the same foods you were eating just a few years ago?
I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the older we get, the less quickly our bodies can metabolize those late night pizza slices and extra glasses of wine. You can’t eat the same things you were eating in college when you’re over 40.
Eat well, age better. It’s as simple as that.
It’s not about how many calories a day you eat, because everyone’s lifestyle and body is different. But it’s important to get the right types of foods at certain ages to make sure you stay healthy throughout your life.
Let me help you get started by showing you what a balanced diet for different age groups looks like.
Eat For Your Age In Your 20’s
In your early 20’s, your body recovers and builds muscle very well. You can get away with eating more high calorie meals, much to everyone else’s jealousy.
But once you hit your late 20’s, you’ll likely start to notice things are beginning to change.
This time in your life is the perfect time to start introducing healthy habits and making minor changes you can carry with you permanently.
To maintain a healthy body for the rest of your life, here’s what you need to eat in your twenties:
- Iron: You need to get enough iron in your diet in your 20’s, especially if you’re planning on having children. Iron is essential for your fertility levels. Iron rich foods include: lean beef, beans, spinach, and whole grains.
- Protein: These are busy times, so you need energy from protein to stay healthy. Eat chicken, whole grains, eggs, almonds, and fish for good protein sources.
- Calcium: In your 20’s, your bone density is the highest it will ever be. Make sure you get enough calcium now and don’t overlook it. Milk, yogurt, and leafy greens are great sources of calcium. Oranges also help you absorb calcium from other foods.
Age and Diet in Your 30’s
Here’s the age where you might start to notice a few more changes.
You might not be losing weight as quickly as you used to, or you might be finding that you’re feeling less energetic than you did a few short years ago.
You’ll find that your body will begin to be more sensitive to certain things it never used to be, like sugars and fats. Cooking at home more often will help you create a healthy diet that will keep your body fueled up for the future. When you eat well, you age better.
Like I said, it’s hard to tell how many calories a day you should be eating. But moderation and proper nutrient intake is key at this point.
Just like your 20’s, you should focus on eating proteins, iron, and calcium. Your metabolism likely hasn’t slowed down yet, and you’re still living a busy life. Whether you’re raising a family or adjusting to your career, you need the energy to keep up.
Weight Loss After 40
To you, your 40’s might mean the impending doom of a mid-life crisis. But personally, I think that your 40’s can be some of the best years of your life! It happened to me, and it can happen to you. It’s never too late.
Generally, you need to adjust how many calories a day you eat the slower your metabolism gets. In your 40’s, you’ll notice things slowing down a little more significantly than before.
The best diet for a 40 year old woman, or man, is a low-sugar, probiotic-rich diet that focuses on vitamins and nutrients. Sugar intake is key at this stage in your life because you’re at higher risk for diabetes.
Make sure you’re getting all of your food and nutrient groups at this time to help embrace your 50’s and 60’s. Here are some foods to focus on in your 40’s:
- Antioxidants: Since your metabolism is slowing down, it’s crucial at this age to make sure you eat more antioxidants to help balance it out. Antioxidant-rich foods include coloured fruits and veggies, seafood, green tea, and walnuts.
- Fibre: Eating more fibre will help prevent weight gain. It will also help you maintain your cholesterol and blood pressure- two things that are important at this age. Get your fibre from salads, beans, whole grains, and apples.
How to Maintain a Healthy Body In Your 50’s and 60’s
In your 50’s and 60’s, life will be completely different than it was in your 20’s. In many ways, that’s a good thing.
When you eat for your age at 50 and up, you need to be conscious about including all of the food groups and getting as many nutrients as you can. But some are particularly important.
Here are some other important nutrients you should watch for when you’re over 50:
- Omega-3: This age is notorious for affecting your brain, so it’s important to keep it sharp with Omega-3 fatty acids. You can find them in fish, eggs, nuts, and some seeds.
- Vitamin B12: These help with your digestion and keep your body healthy to process food. They’re found in fortified breakfast cereals, fish, eggs, dairy products, and meat.
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