Your Guide to Weight Loss Over 60
Weight Loss Basics
The basics of weight loss are the same at any age—burn more calories than you consume and eat a healthy diet with more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and leaner cuts of meat. But as you age your metabolism slows down making it difficult to lose unwanted weight. In addition, you may not be as active as you used to be.
Weight Loss Over 60 Is Possible! Here Are 4 Ways to Get Started
1. Put Some Muscle in Your Weight Loss Plan
It is common to experience a reduction of muscle mass as you age. But you can fight back by staying active and engaging in moderate strength training activities such as lifting weights, yoga, or Pilates. Don’t know where to start? Use these tips to jump-start your fitness plan and reach your weight loss goals.
Did you know Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO members can use their wellness benefit to get up to $250 to join a gym or take a fitness class (such as yoga, Pilates, tai chi, or aerobics), plus many more options!
2. Eating Well Means Living Well
Your daily food choices make a big difference in your overall health and can make or break your weight loss goals. It’s no secret that practicing good nutrition helps your body get all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs to work its best. Drinking plenty of water and preparing meals yourself (as opposed to packaged foods) can help ensure you eat healthier. Discover more tips to good nutrition here.
Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred members can use their Preferred Extras to save 50% off the subscription rate for DASH for Health, an online program dedicated to helping you eat better by using the DASH Diet, and save 25% on a subscription to Dinner Daily—a program that makes healthy, delicious dinners easy and affordable by providing you with weekly dinner plans customized for your food preferences, dietary needs, and the specials at your local grocery store!
3. Stress and Weight Loss: An Unhealthy Mix
Stress can cause you to make poor eating choices like skipping meals or overeating. You can develop techniques that help you react to stress in healthier ways. Yoga and meditation are two ways to help develop mindfulness. Assess your stress level with this handy tool.
Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO members can use their wellness benefit to get up to $250 to take a yoga class—plus with your Preferred Extras you can receive discounts on online meditation and yoga programs.
4. Try a Weight Loss Program
Weight loss programs can help you reach your weight loss goals and develop healthy eating habits that last. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO members can get up to $150 for weight management programs such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig!
Discuss your weight loss concerns with your physician to determine the right health and wellness plan for you. With proper nutrition, an active lifestyle and healthy mental outlook, you’ll be hitting all your goals in no time.
Discounts and services included in the Preferred Extras program are not plan benefits and are not subject to the Medicare appeals process.