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Posts by Oscar Isacsson, M.S., CSCS

The Most Underutilized Supplement for Older Individuals

Senior Nutrition and Wellness: The Most Underutilized Supplement for Older Individuals

Senior Nutrition and Wellness: Creatine has been a staple for athletes and bodybuilders for decades. It’s been proven to help improve the effects of resistance training such as more lean mass, better strength gains, and overall improved muscle function. Creatine is a fuel source that is used for very short durations of physical exertion. The body relies on several different energy sources.

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Do This Around Meal Time and Lose Fat – Part 2

Senior Nutrition & Wellness: Do This Around Meal Time and Lose Fat - Part 2

Senior Nutrition & Wellness: Last weeks part 1 focused on cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, protein, and almonds. Hopefully, you’ve given these dietary additions a try and will slowly start seeing some positive results. Being able to change your habits over the long term will make your weight loss more consistent and sustainable. Hopefully, you found the pointers helpful and in this week’s part 2 we’ll keep examining a few more tricks you can implement to seamlessly consume fewer calories or get a more favorable response from the food you eat.

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Do This Around Meal Time and Lose Fat – Part 1.

Senior Nutrition & Wellness: Do This Around Meal Time and Lose Fat - Part 1.

Senior Nutrition & Wellness: Counting calories can be tedious, inaccurate, and not the solution for weight loss for some people. Most everyone would like to lose a few or many pounds for health, vanity, and various reasons. Most people are successful in the short term and then slowly regain their lost weight. The key is to find a deeply ingrained habit that aligns with your fitness goals. Making changes to your daily routine can be hard and most interventions don’t stick for the long term. Having to rely on motivation to reach your goals is not a long-term solution. Motivation fades over time and that is where a solid habit will keep you on pace.

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Benefits of Strength Training for Seniors

Senior Nutrition & Wellness: Benefits of Strength Training for Seniors

Senior Nutrition & Wellness: Strength training is very important for all populations and especially for seniors. Getting older can make a lot of chores and daily tasks a lot more difficult due to a common decrease in strength. There are many ways that you can fight this decrease in strength, maintain as much independence as possible, and live a much more fulfilling life. Staying strong makes everything easier. Walking up the stairs, taking the trash out, buying groceries, fixing things around the house, helping friends move, cleaning up your house, and so on and so on. This is directly affected by how strong and physically capable you are.

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How Fiber Will Make You Healthier

Senior Nutrition and Wellness: Most people know that fiber is very important for your health. The most commonly heard benefit from fiber is that it helps keep your bowel movements regular. This is very important, however, fiber has many more effects on your body. It can help you lose weight, fight off colds, control blood sugar, improve cholesterol, and increase satiety after a meal.

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Performance and Health Benefits from Coffee

Performance and Health Benefits from Coffee

Senior Nutrition and Wellness: If you’re planning on going to the gym try taking two large cups of coffee beforehand. In a study on lifters, the groups were split up into taking, coffee, decaf coffee, caffeine pills, and placebos. The group that performed the best in the before and after testing was the group that drank two cups of coffee before starting their workout. The coffee group outperformed the decaf and placebo group which was expected, however, they also outperformed the caffeine pill group. This shows that there’s more to coffee than just the caffeine. Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients even though it’s very low in calories.

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Health Foods That are Not That Healthy

Senior Nutrition & Wellness: There are tons of foods that are marketed as healthy. Sometimes you need to pay a little extra attention to really figure out whether something is good for you or not so good for you. A lot of marketers realize that there is a big need for healthy foods, however, sometimes the claims are slightly over exaggerated. Some items named as healthy can be far from it. Foods that are truly healthy for you will not have a healthy label. For example, broccoli is not going to have a “low fat”, “high in fiber”, “Great source of vitamins”, “gluten free”, label on it because it’s broccoli and everybody knows it’s awesome for you. 

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Improve Your Health Through Better Hydration

Senior Nutrition & Wellness: Hydration is very important for many physiological functions and especially at this time of the year. Proper hydration helps to digest food more efficiently, eliminate waste products from the body, control the temperature, make sure that joints move well, and that overall energy production is stable. Your hydration level also has a significant impact on cognitive performance.

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Tips for Maintaining Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

Keeping your blood sugar under control is very important for overall health. There are serious consequences whenever your blood sugar drops too low or gets too high. Usually, it is the consistently high blood sugar that causes the most common issues. Having a healthy metabolism is dependent on your ability to keep your blood glucose within a healthy range. People that struggle with blood sugar control have an increased risk for being overweight, type-2 diabetes, and other risk factors. Your body performs the best within the healthy blood sugar range. In this article, I will outline a few ways that you can help keep your blood sugar within control.

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