Home Care Services provided by Comfort Keepers in Waukesha, WI
Comfort Keepers of Waukesha, WI provides home care services for your senior loved ones that need help
Proper Serving Sizes for Seniors
As they age, seniors should keep a close eye on the size of the portions they consume. Large serving sizes contain more calories and can impact overall health.
Seniors that don’t watch their serving sizes tend to eat more than they think, which can cause them to put on weight. Seniors should adhere to these suggestions, provided by Comfort Keepers homecare services, to prevent weight gain and other health effects:
Don’t Skip Over Meals
Skipping over meals is a definite no-no. This will cause seniors to be even hungrier later and consume larger serving sizes. Eating three full meals a day is recommended. Seniors should also eat every five hours and home care services will make sure they do.
Drink Water Every Day
An easy way to cut back on calories without getting hungry is drinking water. Seniors should drink eight glasses of water each day to stay hydrated. This is especially important for seniors, as they are more at risk of dehydration than younger people (https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-importance-of-staying-hydrated).
Eat With Smaller Plates
The habit of cleaning their plate and not wasting food is most likely present in most seniors, which can be problematic when using larger plates. The use of smaller plates can counteract this and stop seniors from overeating.
Fill Up On Healthier Foods
Seniors should fill up on fruits, vegetables, grains, lean protein and food rich in fiber to better fight the need to indulge in unhealthy foods that contain fat and sugar.
Measure Out Servings
Serving sizes should be measured out using measuring tools or help from a home care service to best make sure that the portions are appropriate. Once they get used to the sizes, seniors can then use their eyes to gauge the serving size.
Split Meals At Restaurants
Restaurants typically serve customers with larger-than-normal portions. Seniors should split their meals with somebody or take half of it home rather than eating the whole serving.
Controlling for the serving size is a good way to counteract some of the unwanted weight gains by conditioning seniors’ bodies to get full more quickly.
If you would like to learn more about the Comfort Keepers home care services or you would like to discuss options, call our office at your convenience.