Lately, Sarah Palin has been getting a lot of attention about her current weight loss. When looking at a recent photograph of her and comparing it to a photo of her 4 years ago, there is a significant difference in her body shape and size. Considering Sarah is 5’ 5” tall, it appears she has lost anywhere from 5-10lbs.
We spoke to Isabel De Los Rios, a certified nutritionist and exercise specialist and co-founder of www.beyonddiet.com, to get the low down.
“Considering Sarah has done this over the course of 4 years, this is not an unhealthy or dangerous amount. With that being said, it is imperative that Sarah and any woman in her age group (late 40’s) take into consideration the following dietary principles that are essential to a healthy weight and good health,” she said.
She advised that in order to maintain a figure like this women must:
1. Eat calcium rich foods. Women are much more susceptible to osteoporosis and osteopenia than males of the same age. Eating foods that are calcium rich is especially important for woman in Sarah Palin’s age group. When most people think calcium they automatically assume dairy, but so many more foods like green leafy vegetables (kale, spinach), sardines, sesame seeds, and almonds are delicious and healthy calcium sources. Be sure to include a variety of these calcium rich foods into your daily meal plans to prevent decreases in bone density.
2. Eat healthy fats for hormone health. Hormone health is also an important topic for all women, not just those in their 40’s. Eating healthy fats is critical to hormone health as fats are the building blocks to healthy hormones. Include good fats into your eating plan like extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil, avocados and fatty fish like salmon for optimum fat sources that will help keep your hormones functioning at an ideal level.
3. Eat healthy protein sources to maintain lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass has the potential to decrease with age, especially for women. With Sarah Palin’s increased exercise regimen, I would highly recommend she eat a healthy protein source with every meal to ensure she is giving her body the amino acids necessary to keep lean muscle mass. Great foods to include are organic eggs, grass fed beef, pastured poultry and wild fish. Protein sources like these will provide the building blocks for strong muscles.