An Essential Guide to Dieting For Over 65s


Looking after your body becomes even more important when you reach the age of 65. Whilst dieting aims alter over time – you’re perhaps not aiming for a bikini body rather than improved flexibility, a healthy heart and balanced diet – it’s nevertheless crucial to keep on top of your health and wellbeing whatever age you are. Dieting in your older years requires a keen awareness of your abilities and health conditions. But if you go the right way about it, you can be just as fit in your 60s as you were twenty years before.

Visit Your Doctor


If you’re thinking about dieting, it’s a wise idea to visit your doctor before taking on any significant changes to your regular consumption or exercise routine. Dieting can be hugely beneficial to your long term health, especially if you have a bit of extra weight to shed, but it’s important to be careful. Losing too much weight can make your immune system vulnerable and impact your energy levels, so think about the goals that you want to achieve in taking on a new regime. If you want to improve the look and feel of body, go for long term lifestyle changes rather than short term fixes. Remember that slow and steady wins the race.

Exercise: Slow and Steady

Depending on your level of mobility, you might still be able to do regular exercise such as running and cycling. Little and often is the trick with exercise when you’re older, and the benefits can be countless.


Low impact sports such as swimming and yoga that can improve your flexibility and strength with minimal strain on your body are excellent ways to keep fit. Most towns and cities have exercise classes such as aqua fit and yoga if you want some group motivation, and the social aspect of such classes can also be very enjoyable. Meanwhile there are plenty of exercise videos catering specifically for the older fitness fanatic if you’d rather exercise at home. If you or your loved one does suffer from limited mobility, there are still lots of options to help you with a diet and fitness plan.

Get advice from your doctor and search for exercises that fit around your condition. From chair exercises to slow and steady walks, gentle weights for strength-building to low impact sports such as yoga, you can still work a fitness regime around your lifestyle if you suffer from reduced mobility. It just takes a little more creativity.

Balanced Diet

You might be blessed with a healthy body that doesn’t have any special requirements with old age. However many people develop conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and more during their lifetime.


Regardless of any special conditions, try to incorporate a balanced diet that includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and foods rich in starch, fiber and iron. Say no to excessive amounts of salt, and just be sensible. This isn’t to say that you can’t enjoy the foods that you love; one of the joys of being retired is eating out more. However a motif of ‘everything in moderation’ and an increased awareness of achieving a balanced diet is important as you get older. Meanwhile, beware of fad diets if you’re aged 65 or over. The younger body might be able to cope with crash diets, weird and wonderful eating habits, and other quick fixes, but it isn’t recommended to change your eating habits dramatically as a pensioner. Unless recommended by your doctor.

The Sleep Diet!

Dieting can be tiring, and finding the energy to follow a healthy lifestyle can be difficult if you aren’t gettingenough sleep. Don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s kip if you’re aged over 65.


Although many pensioners experience trouble with this, there are many ways around poor sleep patterns, from daytime naps to altering your consumption habits before bedtime. You might even find that regular exercise helps you to overcome problems with your sleeping patterns, one of the main benefits that a healthy lifestyle can have for people of all ages. Keeping fit and healthy when you hit 65 not only helps to improve your fitness, strength and flexibility, it can also be a fun way to fill your days. Cooking fresh food, enjoying afternoon siestas, and getting some fresh air with daily exercise all release happy chemicals in your body that will have you looking and feeling good.

So listen to your body and be sensible with your methods to make dieting a long term lifestyle change that can have a magnificent impact on your health.

About the author:

You have been reading a guest blog post by Harold Rigby, a health, lifestyle and entertainment writer dedicated to improving the well being of those over 65.

47 Comments to An Essential Guide to Dieting For Over 65s

  1. Oh wow! I’ll share this to my grandma’s! :)

  2. Exercise is so important for a healthy long life thanks for sharing this info.

  3. Those tips are all great and think they can be applied at any age really.

  4. Great post. Love the Hepburn quote. So true, you put it on slowly and you take if off slowly making better choices.

  5. Exercise is very important to keeping things in gear..I am working on the sleep issue now..

  6. Great tips! I think they actually apply to any age. I need to add some to my daily routine

  7. Fantastic tips! I will pass this on to my mom :)

  8. I think when you are over 60 you should be in close coordination with your doctor when it comes to your diet and exercise.

  9. Great tips.I think this can be used for any age not just over 65’s.

  10. Those are some great tips. I hope to continue to exercise at that age.

  11. I agree! I find that its much better to be healthy and establish good eating, exercise and sleep habbits than maintaining a good bikini bod. It definitely is more important with age. Having that balance really can make you feel better. I find just going for a walk helps relax me in the evenings.

  12. It’s important to be healthy once you get old, it could help you out a lot.

  13. Awesome tips, Love this post, i will going to share this with my parents and elders.

  14. I’m 45 and every time I think I need to diet I remind myself that I will worship this body and all its flaws when I am 65

  15. Dieting… I have a problem sticking to it wahhh. This is a great article for those are in 60-ish.

  16. Nice tips. Although I am still young, I think they are helpful for every age group. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I’m not the best at getting enough sleep, that’s for sure. It’s good that a little exercise done often is good enough!

  18. Jennifer Williams

    I will share this with my mother, she is starting to finally take care of herself and looking into dieting.

  19. Regardless of age, what we eat plays an important role in keeping ourselves healthy. Some may think of it as a huge challenge because they’re used to well, not eating right but the earlier we start on it, the better. I have an uncle who had a heart attack + by-pass + kidney problem at the age of 47. Too young to get all those right? He told me he ate like there’s no tomorrow when he was younger.

  20. Great Tips!! I will have to share this with my wife.

  21. These are very important tips will be passing this on to my mom to read.

  22. That’s great info! I’ve never thought about dieting at that age before, will have to share with my mom.

  23. maria

    Yoga and swimming is so good for people of all ages. Great tips!

  24. I’d love to start yoga. This is good ideas.

  25. Great post. I am a ways away from that age group but I will have to educate my mom on these ideas. Thanks for sharing

  26. Helene Cohen Bludman

    Great advice, and yoga can be a very rewarding exercise on many levels for seniors.

  27. Those are great tips thank you so much for sharing. I know that I am always eager to find great info I can share with my patients.

  28. Amanda

    These are great tips even for people under 65. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Well, I’m aiming for the bikini body when I get in my 60’s. ;) Kidding. :)
    These are good tips, I think a balanced diet goes so far in maintaining good health and weight.

  30. These are sensible tips for anyone UNDER 65 too, for sure!
    Reminded me to go for a walk today :P
    Stopping by to say hi from the Blogger FB page :)

  31. Great post, I would imagine it would get harder when we reach that age but we have to take care of our bodies!

  32. Ann Bacciaglia

    Great tips. Thank you for sharing. I need to get into an exercise regiment.

  33. Great tips, I am almost fifty so am always looking at different ways of staying healthy as I age.

  34. embracinthegoodlife

    I find it’s a constant battle to get my Dad to understand this way of thinking. He’s turning 60 this year and yet he acts like he’s 75. My Hubby and I have completely embraced this way of life and have promised each other to stay healthy and active for life. We’ve promised this not only for each other but for our children and future generations as well. (Hepburn is such a classic beauty…love her grace and style)

  35. I love her and she always has the best quotes. I have never done yoga but it seems lovely.

  36. I think this is great tips for any age or if you have limitations like I do because of health issues.

  37. katrina G

    i so wish i could do yoga, need a new hip, so maybe some day

  38. Every ones body changes so needs change at age. Good reminder.

  39. i sleep a lot and do run everyday and lift some weights i am not that old yet but starting a good diet as early as i much better hehe

  40. kristen

    Good Post! I know so many of my mom’s friends lost too much weight. At their age- I dont feel like its healthy at all!

  41. This is an important post because your metabolism changes as you get older and it is harder and harder to lose weight. It’s important to stay healthy at that age.

  42. Michelle

    Great tips. I should really be doing a lot of these things even at my age.

  43. These are great tips. Even though I am not 65, I think I could apply these to my life now.

  44. This information is important at any age really.. though I haven’t even hit 30 yet, so I will share this with my parents, they’re not 65+, but my grandma can’t, she is already wheelchair bound.

  45. What great and helpful hints. Everyone needs to be eating healthy and take care of themselves.

  46. My Mom is 61 and she doesn’t want to stop doing what she does even I asked her to because she said it keeps her fit.

  47. Yes it’s better to consult a doctor first before dieting.

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