Older adults are constantly told that their risk of developing a fatal condition is heightened if they are overweight.
Therefore, initiatives are currently in place to encourage over-60s to get more active and lose some excess pounds.
Eating a healthy diet is key to this, but according to one expert, when changing eating habits it is important not to forgo food.
Roz Watkins, owner of the Enlighten Programme, said: "I'd advise people to try and get in touch with their own hunger and fullness signals, eat fresh, real foods. Stop panicking about calories."
If people stop eating food when they are hungry, this is when diets aren't sustainable. Instead, older adults must address the sorts of foods they are eating.
When trying to lose weight it is important to eat things that fill you up but are low in calories, such as oats and black beans. These will also ensure that the body has enough fibre to keep digestive systems working properly, which is essential when trying to lose weight.
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