A diet for older women

Posted November 27th, 2010 by admin and filed in Diet

There’s a trap for those who write about dieting. To get the maximum coverage, authors like to assume everyone is the same. That way, they can state general rules supposed to apply regardless of age or sex. To see the truth of this, you only have to look at the fad diet books. There you see only positive news about how much weight everyone will lose by following a few simple rules. If book marketers were bound by the same rules as drug marketers, there would have to be several pages explaining who might be at risk if they only eat grapefruits for three months. Think of television ads for drugs: ten seconds of marketing, thirty seconds listing adverse side effects. So, to show how it should be done, here’s an article written for the older woman.

We should start by admitting older women are held to very unfair standards when it comes to physical appearance. Not only are they supposed to avoid wrinkles and other signs of aging in the face, but they are expected to retain the body shape of a twenty-something-year old. At a time when they should be able to relax and act naturally, they are forced into Botox injections and cosmetic surgery, while dieting fiercely to lose those unseemly bulges. This puts undue stress on the body, particularly as the menopause approaches. With hormone changes, physical and emotional changes are in progress. One of the first is a slow loss of bone density. Unchecked, this leads to osteoporosis and the danger of fractures in accidents and falls. If you are following the wrong diet, the risk of fractures increases rapidly.

In recent research, two groups of women were given a 12-week diet, cutting 750 calories a day from their usual intake. All were in the age range of 43 to 80 years. The first group were given a vegetarian and diary diet, relying on eggs to supply protein. The second group ate a diet with lean meats representing 40% of the food eaten. Both lost an average of nineteen pounds, but the vegetarians lost significantly less calcium from their bones. In a second run, all the participants ate 1,250 calories a day for nine weeks with the core count of 1,000 being entirely vegetarian. There were four groups formed, each making up the remaining 250 calories differently. The first ate chicken breasts, the second lean tenderloin beef, the third cookies and chocolate, the fourth additional vegetarian food. Again, only the all-vegetarian dieters avoided losing bone density. The moral of this story is easy. Although the research is not completely reliable, you should not rely on meat as a source of protein unless you are taking supplements. Discuss your proposed diet with a nutritionist before starting. Once the diet is declared safe, be prepared with Phentermine to help cope with the hunger. Nothing undermines motivation faster. But also remember Phentermine should only be taken over the short term. Once you are used to lower calorie eating, stop relying on drugs and trust your willpower to see you through.

This information is solely for informational and educational purposes only. It is always best to speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment.