One way to keep your appearance at an age that would have most of your peers believe you are younger than you appear on the surface is through proper dieting. A proper diet plan and nutritional structure is a key component to aging well, and today I’ll share some diet tips with you that can help you age gracefully.
As we age, our metabolism slows down. When this happens, the ability to burn fat drastically slows down, making it harder to keep our figure in tact. Men retain fat in their faces and stomachs, while women usually maintain fat consumed in their hips. The fact remains, you need to watch what you eat as well as keep on an exercise routine if you expect to age well.
There are many diet plans out there that people look at as they age. The popular diets come to mind, like the South Beach diet, the Atkins diet, and even more obscure diets like the Paleo diet. Also called the “Caveman diet,” this plan refers back to ancient history and correlates a diet plan based on what early settlers ate: plants and wild animals. Sounds obscure, but if you haven’t heard of it, check out the Paleo Diet Guide by dualFIT. It may open your eyes on different ways of nutritious eating.
Consuming the proper amount of hydration is also a must if you want to age gracefully. Water not only cleans out the body and acts as fuel for our internal engine, so to speak, but water is a must have in your diet if you are looking to have healthy skin. Our skin is our outer most layers, what people see and judge us by, as well as our body’s largest organ. It’s absolutely necessary to consumer half of your body weight in ounces of water if you are looking for optimal health benefits for your skin.
On the contrary, there are many foods that make us age. That’s right, there are foods out there that work conversely against our natural aging process and can actually make us age at a faster rate! Foods to avoid include breakfast pastries loaded with sugar, (because they spike blood sugar levels which lead to a subsequent crash effect) large white starchy bagels, (the equivalent of five pieces of bread!) hot dogs, (80% is fat) deep dish pizza, (clogs your arteries) and movie theater popcorn (loaded with calories). These are all very easy to cut out of the average person’s diet and can be avoided with some simple moves.
One tip I like to give is that if you are going to have a “pig out meal,” don’t do it twice in a row. Eat clean, then if you must go overboard on the calories, make sure you eat clean immediately after that meal. If you follow my advice, you’ll do your body good and age at a healthier pace.