Well really, there’s just one rule. That is: seek out nutrients! By extension, this also means you’re better off avoiding those sugary carbs and processed foods like chips, crisps, cake, chocolate bars, pasta and rice.
These foods all spike your blood sugar and lower insulin sensitivity, thereby increasing your risk of diabetes (which you’re at increasing risk of as you get older anyway!). Meanwhile, these foods increase your caloric intake without offering any nutrients that would be able to benefit your skin, hair, teeth or nails. So why eat them?
Instead, seek out fruits, vegetables, salads, meats, berries, fish, nuts and all that good stuff you would find in nature. Smoothies are great (although high in sugar). Seek out those Superfoods meanwhile! Did you know that bone broth is packed with collagen? If you’re looking for a set diet plan you can follow to make this happen, then there is no shortage of choice.
<strong>The following will all help put you on the right track:</strong>
<li>The Mediterranean Diet</li>
<li>The Paleo Diet</li>
<li>The Slow Carb Diet</li>
And guys, don’t start this later once you start to see the signs of Aging creeping up. Start it now and you’ll be able to keep those signs at bay. Prevention is much better than cure!
<strong>Eat a Lot or Eat a Little?</strong>
Here’s another question: should you eat a lot, or eat a little?
This is actually one of the most important questions to ask when looking younger is your aim in fact! On the one hand, there is a school of thought that says you should eat very little. The latter strategy is what’s called ‘Calorie Restriction’ and does exactly what it says on the tin. The claim here is that by restricting calories, you can actually reduce the rate of your Aging and thus stay looking younger, longer.
How does this work? According to proponents, eating less means that your mitochondria work less and thus produce fewer free radicals as a result. The body is forced to rely on ketones and it becomes very energy efficient (eating a low carb diet could have a similar effect, as could intermittent fasting).
Studies show that mice that live on very low calorie diets can extend their lifespan by as much as 30% and there are plenty of enthusiastic people online trying this strategy right now. Does it work for humans? It’s currently too soon to tell. But with all that said, there are definite drawbacks to this strategy too.
For one, it makes malnutrition likely. While proper calorie restriction shouldn’t lead to malnutrition, it is of course much harder to get everything your body needs while eating a very low number of calories. It’s also largely unfeasible for a lot of us and not much fun. And there’s another argument too: that actually, having a little puppy fat will help to make you look younger as you age.
As we age, our skin becomes thinner and we start to carry less subcutaneous fat (fat stored beneath the skin). Thus, we start to look a lot more drawn. Compare a thin old lady to an old lady who eats a lot though and you’ll find that the latter looks younger because their skin is smoothed out by the layer of fat beneath. Meanwhile, they will usually have more color and actually be healthier.
Some women claim that as they start to approach their 50s and 60s, they are forced to make a choice between ‘face’ and ‘body’. What should you do? That’s entirely your call but just make sure that whatever method you take you are emphasizing nutrients in your diet!
Nutritional Counseling is a choice. The goal of nutrition counseling is to help you make a healthy diet plan that promotes your overall health. Also, they can help you with a diet plan for some certain purposes such as the best diet plan for weight loss. You can find the one best suited you here and who can help you start living a healthy and prosperous life.
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