Older adults often lose bone density and muscle mass when they concentrate on shedding weight.
This unwanted bone and muscle loss can result in mobility issues and can even increase a person’s risk of injury.
A new study has revealed that a diet rich in protein and low in calories can help older adults with obesity lose more weight while maintaining muscle mass and improving bone density.
Researchers randomly selected 96 adults over 65 years of age and assigned them to different group with different diet plan for 6 months.
Those in the high-protein, low-calorie diet group experienced the most weight loss, but more revealing was that those in this group maintain ed their muscle mass. They also lost weight on the stomach, hips, thighs, and rear, which can decrease the risk of certain medical conditions, including diabetes and stroke.