Older women

carriels7 Posts: 39 Member
I just turned 75 and am fairly active - walking every day - 1-2 miles- and am training for a 3 mile walk race. I try to remember to lift weights periodically.
For diet- is it better to go go vegetarian or keep protein in my diet? I can go either way but carbs during day increases desire for more. I read that old people like me need protein to lose. I have a good 50 lbs to get rid of.


  • cmriverside
    cmriverside Posts: 32,285 Member
    edited March 29
    Even if you decide to go vegetarian, you still need adequate protein, especially as you age. You will need to account for loss of B12 if you go vegetarian, but you still need the same amounts of protein - just from plant sources. If you prefer not to eat meat, I would suggest doing some research on vegetarian nutrition needs and supplementation.

    I don't eat a lot of meat, but I do get to my 20% goal and exceed it most days. I do eat eggs, dairy and nuts and legumes. Whole grains have protein too. I also use both whey and plant-based protein powders on my busier or more active days.

    Start by hitting your 20% protein goal given to you by Myfitnesspal.

  • sarah7591
    sarah7591 Posts: 249 Member
    I don't eat meat and supplement my protein with a protein shake. The one i like best is premier protein as it only has one gram of sugar.
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 24,823 Member
    It's not "vegetarian or protein"!

    I've been vegetarian for 47+ years, thin to fat to obese and back again. Vegetarianism is irrelevant to body weight - a complete tangent.

    Nowadays, formerly obese, maintaining weight at 5'5", mid-120s pounds, active, age 66, female, still vegetarian, my personal protein minimum is 100g, and I usually exceed it.

    If anything, vegetarians need more protein than meat-eaters, because most plant-based protein sources are less complete (in terms of essential amino acids) than animal sources. For vegetarians, getting more grams of protein is a bet-hedge, along with varying the plant sources within a day or few.

    Aging people, research now suggests, need to spread protein through the day more than young people do. Here's a mainstream source for that, quite detailed and informative:


    In my opinion, an omnivorous diet - i.e., one including meat - makes it slightly easier to get good nutrition. I see no nutritional/health justification for being vegetarian or fully-plant based. Clearly, I think there are good reasons to go that route, but they aren't IMO weight management, nutrition, health, or athletic performance . . . no matter what some so-called "documentaries" or blogosphere advocacy sources say.
  • lulabelbo
    lulabelbo Posts: 7 Member
    Aarp has abook out “The whole body reset” geared for older adults. It basically suggests using protein timing, that is, spacing your protein intake over your 3 meals and snacks rather than eat most of your protein at dinner. That’s 25-30 grams per meal. And getting adequate fiber, I believe they recommend 30 grams. I just read the book and started adding more protein at breakfast. I’ll let you know how it goes