Comfort Keepers Caregivers of Gainesville, FL
Comfort Keepers caregivers will help your senior loved ones of Gainesville, FL with portion control
Good Serving Sizes for Seniors
In order to avoid putting on bad weight, seniors should make sure that they are eating good serving sizes. Serving sizes that are too large contain more calories and encourage them to overeat.
Seniors who choose not to monitor the serving sizes of their meals tend to put on unhealthy weight and will need caregivers. Here are some helpful suggestions for seniors who want to control their serving sizes:
Never Miss Meals
Seniors should never miss meals or go more than five hours without eating anything. Missing meals will only cause them to be hungrier the next time they eat, which will likely lead to overeating and caregivers can help prevent that.
Cut Back on Calories By Drinking Water
Cutting back on calories without having a serious appetite can be accomplished by simply drinking water. Seniors should try to drink eight glasses of water a day. This will prevent dehydration; which seniors are more at risk of (https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-importance-of-staying-hydrated).
Eat With Smaller Dishes
The dishes that are used play a large role in how much food is consumed. Seniors don’t like to waste food, so they will typically eat everything on the plate. Using smaller dishes is one way to make sure that it’s a good serving size.
Healthy Food Before Sweets
Fruit, vegetables, grains and lean meats should come before any sweets. Eating healthier food before will fill seniors up and make them less likely to eat unhealthy foods in excess later.
Take Advantage of Measuring Tools
After a while, seniors should be able to tell what a suitable serving size is, but until then they should take advantage of measuring tools like cups, spoons, scales, or the use of caregivers.
Share Meals When Eating Out
Oversized servings are commonplace at most restaurants, so seniors who dine out often should either share meals with another person or only eat half of the meal and take the rest to go.
It might seem like eating smaller serving sizes may make seniors hungry more often, but the body will adjust to the serving sizes and help lose weight or keep it off.
If you would like to learn more about the Comfort Keepers caregivers or you would like to discuss options, call our office at your convenience.