What is considered old age for a man?
DescriptionA person’s daily calorie needs depend on their height, weight, muscle mass, activity level and several other factors. Older adults may need fewer calories to maintain their weight, since they tend to move and exercise less and carry less muscle. If you continue to eat the same number of calories per day as you did when you were younger, you could easily gain extra fat, especially around the belly area. This is especially true in postmenopausal women, as the decline in estrogen levels seen during this time may promote belly fat storage. However, even though older adults need fewer calories, they need just as high or even higher levels of some nutrients, compared to younger people. This makes it very important for older people to eat a variety of whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, fish and lean meats. These healthy staples can help you fight nutrient deficiencies, without expanding your waistline. Nutrients that become especially important as you age include protein, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin B12.