The one anti-aging trick proven to work

Want to be one of those weird (but inspiring) people who just don’t seem to age? Like Halle Berry. Or Jennifer Lopez. Or that one person you went to high school with who looks EXACTLY the same.

Then you should know that it’s less about what you put on your body than what you put in your body. You can pile on all the anti-aging creams and serums in the world, but if you’re filling your body with foods that speed up the biological aging process, it’s going to show.

A healthy diet is your anti-aging arsenal, and your best weapons are antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, healthy fats, inflammation-fighting spices and lots and lots of fiber. But there’s one more thing you need to know if you want people to think your daughter is your sister for a few more decades…

Healthy aging is not just about what food you put in your body, it’s about how much food you put in your body. In fact, more and more research shows that eating less may be the true secret to eternal youth.

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Calorie restriction curbs oxidative damage

Counting calories used to be the fashionable way to shed pounds, but it’s quickly becoming the most promising way to stay youthful.

Countless studies show that cutting your calorie intake slows aging. But now we have the most solid anti-aging research yet showing that restricting calories keeps you younger…

Researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research in Baton Rouge, Louisiana found that slashing your calorie intake by 15 percent can dramatically impact your health and aging.

Now, you’ve probably heard about the health and anti-aging benefits of calorie restriction before. So, you may be wondering…

What’s the big deal? Isn’t this old news?

Well, this study is a bigger deal than any of the others, because it’s the first randomized controlled trial of calorie restriction in humans. That means it’s the first study that proves calorie restriction has a good chance of working for you and me… not just laboratory rats.

The study included 53 men and women between the ages of 25 and 50 who were healthy and weren’t obese. At the start of the study, researchers asked participants to cut their calorie intake by 25 percent. They could eat whatever they wanted, as long as they ate fewer calories.

This proved too difficult for participants, though. The study lasted for two years, and when all was said and done, participants were only able to cut their calorie intake by 15 percent. Even though this calorie restriction wasn’t as high as researchers were aiming for, the results were amazing…

Study participants lost 20 pounds within the first year, and kept that weight off the second year. They also slowed their metabolic rate by 10 percent. This means their bodies used the fuel they received from food and oxygen more efficiently.

Now, when your body starts using fuel more efficiently, it’s good news for your health. Every time your body processes food or oxygen to create energy, it also produces free radicals that contribute to aging and disease. But when this process becomes more efficient, less free radicals are produced.

That explains why reducing calories also helped study participants reduce oxidative damage. Researchers tested their urine for a protein that signals oxidative damage, and sure enough, it was lower after calorie restriction. Less oxidative damage means less biological aging and a lower risk for age-related diseases like diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s. Sign me up!

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Should you give calorie restriction a shot?

Wondering if you should try calorie restriction for yourself?

Well, it’s cheaper and more scientifically-supported than most of the anti-aging creams, serums and supplements out there. So, it’s not a bad idea. If you have any serious medical conditions, you may want to partner with your doctor first. But if you’re relatively healthy… why not?

It’s not that hard if you approach it moderately…

Say, for example, you’re a woman who eats 2,000 calories per day (the amount most women can eat while maintaining their current weight). If you wanted to reduce your calorie intake by 15 percent like they did in the study, that would mean slashing 300 calories from your daily diet.

I’ll tell you right now that if you’re snacking or drinking soda during the day, you can easily cut 300 calories or more by stopping. One can of soda contains about 150 calories. And a small serving of potato chips is about the same. Even juice contains a lot of calories, so switch to water, flavored water or other calorie-free beverages when you can.

You can also cut calories by eating more low-energy density foods. These are foods that have less calories per gram, like broccoli, spinach, lettuce and carrots. Even if you eat a lot of these foods, your calorie intake is minimal. That makes it easier cut calories without feeling like you’re starving yourself.

When experimenting with calorie restriction, it’s important to leave some room for flexibility. Obsessively counting calories can easily cross the line into disordered eating, so do your best to make healthy low-calorie food swaps. But don’t beat yourself up if you eat more calories on occasion. After all, what’s the point of living a longer life if you can’t enjoy yourself a little?

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Sources:

  1. Calorie restriction trial in humans suggests benefits for age-related disease — MedicalXpress. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  2. M. Redman, et al. “Metabolic Slowing and Reduced Oxidative Damage with Sustained Caloric Restriction Support the Rate of Living and Oxidative Damage Theories of Aging.” — Cell Metabolism, 2018.
  3. Cut calories by 15% to stay young, study says — CNN. Retrieved March 27, 2018.

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.