Cutting calories alone not best way for seniors to lose weight

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 06:32PM
Best exercise plan for seniors. Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on May 17, 2017.

CHICAGO, Ill. - Cutting calories alone isn't the best way for seniors to lose weight and improve their health. Researchers say, like other ages, cardio and strength training is also vital.

One in three adults over 65 is significantly over-weight.

And that additional weight comes with real health consequences, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Researchers with Veterans Affairs say if they lose weight by diet alone, it could put them at risk for losing muscle mass and bone density.

In a study, they found adding both cardio workouts and resistance training fared the best in helping seniors lose weight while maintaining bone strength, lean muscle mass, and overall physical function.

Some of the people in the study reported some soreness and injuries.

The researchers say the benefits of exercise outweigh the risks, and were too important to ignore.

And even if you are older and out-of-shape, it's crucial for your health.

But anyone new to fitness should check with their healthcare provider first, and work with a trainer to get started the right way.

The message to older Americans is clear: when it comes to exercise, even if you are obese, it's never too late to start.