In your quest to look younger, a Real Age Diet can avert premature aging and even turn back the clock with anti-aging benefits. Yes, you can actually look and feel younger based on what you eat.
The standard American diet promotes not only overeating, but poor nutritional choices. Restaurants and media highlight plates mounded with food just the way you want it followed by a rich, gooey dessert, and for the most part, individuals don't think about serving sizes. The results are evident in not only obesity statistics, but also in the arteries, skin and even hair. Multi-drug takers swallow pills at a younger age to beat symptoms like high blood pressure, adult onset diabetes, aching joints, heartburn, sleeplessness and more. That's right. We're rushing the aging process.Why is it that individuals between the ages of 25-44 showed a 6.9 percent increase in hypertension between 1988-1994, only to see the same age group add another 7.6 percent increase in the disease from 1999-2002? According to the National Center for Health Statistics April 14, 2006 release on the problem of obesity: "National data have shown an increase in the calorie consumption of adults and no change in physical activity patterns."
High blood pressure can prompt other symptoms like headaches, sleeplessness, confusion and even coma. Serious complications like atherosclerosis, stroke, heart attack and kidney failure are also associated with high blood pressure. Do you relate those conditions to being young?
Hypertension is just one example of premature aging. Unhealthy eating is a major contributing risk factor and losing weight, if you're overweight, is one lifestyle treatment.
This brings us back to serving sizes and caloric intake. If we're accelerating the aging process by overfeeding (or underfeeding) our bodies, what benefits will we see if we learn to stay within healthy caloric limits by counting calories?
- Lose weight and keep it off
- Increase energy
- Improved memory
Tips to Follow a Real Age Diet
A Real Age Diet plan can take you from overweight to fit and in the process lower your "real age." It doesn't matter how old you are chronologically if you feel old, tired, achy, slow, confused or any of those symptoms we equate with elderly people. Here are a few tips to get you started. Read them over once a month as a reminder.
- Consider this a lifelong nutritional plan.
- Eat nutritious calories rather than empty calories.
- Read food labels.
- Stock your kitchen with nutritious foods.
- Plan ahead, carry nutritious food with you.
- Avoid high sugar and fat.
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.
- Eat a variety of foods.
- Add exercise like walking for weight loss to your routine.
- You'll want to balance calories eaten with calories burned.
- Identify why you overeat and address that vulnerability:
- Decrease stress level as much as possible
- Be mindful of portions when celebrating
- Keep food convenient, but choose wisely
So What Is Your Real Age?
The RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger With What You Eat by Michael F. Roizen and John La Puma provides tools to learn how your eating habits affect your Real Age. It provides guidelines to make age reduction easy. Developing a plan to eat healthier, restricting calories by learning to eat a recommended serving and exercising more, can make your real Age younger than your chronological age. However, if you continue to overeat and make unhealthy choices, your Real Age will be older than you are. It's never to late to practice the Real Age Diet. Ask yourself if you want to feel good for the moment a flavor lingers on your tongue or would you rather feel younger and more energetic every day. Your Real Age is in the choices you make.