An Anti-Aging Diet is a very important step in slowing the signs of aging. One of the hardest parts of changing to this type of diet is transitioning to a calorie-restriction diet. As we age, our metabolisms slow down and we can’t process all the calories we could at younger ages.
For most people, the idea of a diet means eating the foods you don’t want to eat. There are plenty of delicious food choices available that not only limit the amount of calories you take in, but can also help reduce the signs of aging we try so hard to hide. This type of anti-aging diet is all about the following types of foods:
- Fruits and Vegetables – the more colorful the better and these are rich in antioxidants.
- Fish – rich in Omeg3 fatty acids and anti-inflammatory goodness.
- Yogurt – dairy and a great source of probiotics which aid digestion.
- Legumes – loaded with nutrients similar to fruits.
- Plenty of water – this will aid in retaining elasticity and hydration for the skin and muscles.
Limiting the calories we take in can be as simple as changing two or three things we eat a week. Instead of having steak one night, have chicken or fish. Switching from white rice or pasta to whole wheat is an excellent place to start. These are healthier all around and there is little to no flavor change. It’s all about small steps at first that can grow into sweeping changes regarding how we eat and think about food in general.
There are specific foods you want to avoid when going to a calorie restrictive anti-aging diet:
- Simple sugars and flours – such as white rice and white paste
- Fatty meats – especially red meats. While these offer the most balanced protein combinations, stick with the leanest cuts available.
- Saturated fats – these are the fats that do not break down well, stick to monosaturated fats instead.
The whole point of an anti-aging diet is not to stop the flow of time. The point is limiting the effect that time has on our bodies. By reducing wrinkles, age spots and weakened bones and joints we are able to slow the aging process. As always, supplements can help to strengthen those areas and supply the needed nutrients and minerals we miss in our diets.
Start slow when you begin to restrict calories. If you make a drastic change, your body won’t be able to adjust properly. Cravings will set in and could destroy your anti-aging diet. Pick one or two foods you normally eat and replace them with something else for a week. The next week, do the same thing again, and so on until you have completely changed your eating habits. Remember that diets often fail in the long run, but when you make changes to your life and your diet over time, they tend to stick longer and actually work.