Diet Changes You Should Make After 50

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Many people think that cutting carbs is good for you, but that may not be the case. When you cut carbs from your diet, your body reacts in a number of strange ways. But even if you regularly eat smaller amounts of carbs, you may want to eat more of them as you get older — but we don’t just mean white bread.

Whole grains such as brown rice, whole-wheat bread and quinoa have fiber, which is important not only for keeping your digestion regular, but also for keeping your heart healthy.

Once you pass 50, you’re at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. To prevent cognitive decline, neurologists recommend eating lots of healthy fats from foods such as olive oil, fatty fish, nuts, seeds and avocados. Not only are these foods good for your brain, but they have some other surprising benefits, as well!

If you don’t eat when you’re hungry, your metabolism begins to adapt to slow down the use of energy in your body. Aging already slows down your metabolism naturally — you don’t want to fall into a habit that makes it even slower.

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