Comfort Keepers provide Senior Helpers in Ocala, FL
Senior Helpers of Comfort Keepers of Ocala, FL will help your senior loved ones with portion control and other daily tasks
Suitable Serving Sizes for Seniors
Serving size can have a major impact on the overall nutrition of seniors. Bigger serving sizes contain more calories and encourage excess consumption.
Seniors should make sure to watch the serving sizes that they consume in order to prevent unhealthy weight gain, which can lead to needing senior helpers. Here are a few tips to assist them in limiting their servings:
Eat Three Meals a Day, Don’t Skip Any
Seniors should eat three full meals a day and avoid skipping meals at all costs. Doing so will only increase appetite for the next time and lead to overeating. No more than five hours should pass between meals.
Drink Plenty of Water to Stay Hydrated
Seniors should make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Dehydration is more frequent among seniors because thirst is harder for them to sense (https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-importance-of-staying-hydrated). Water also allows seniors to lessen their total intake of calories without getting hungry.
Don’t Overeat, Use Smaller Plates
Bigger plates are often the cause of overeating, as seniors usually always finish whatever is on their plate to avoid wasting food. Simply using smaller plates would stop seniors from overeating.
Eat Healthy Foods to Stop Overindulgence
Overindulgence on unhealthy foods is one of the root causes of unwanted weight gain. This can be countered by filling up on foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats, which senior helpers can help with.
Use Cups to Measure Servings
Using cups, senior helpers, and other measuring tools to decide serving size can prove to be incredibly helpful for seniors trying to eat proper portions. This can be eyeballed later on down the road.
Share and Take Leftovers Home
Restaurants are another cause of overeating with their large portions. Seniors would be better off sharing meals with other people or taking home leftovers.
It may leave seniors feeling a little hungry at first, but as the body gets used to smaller serving sizes it will get full faster and make it easier to maintain a healthy weight.
If you would like to learn more about the Comfort Keepers senior helpers or you would like to discuss options, call our office at your convenience.