Health Eat your way to youth­ful looks; anti-age­ing hacks; age­less celebs

This sim­ple, seven-day plan will help you limit the sweet stuff and turn back the clock in no time

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

What do these threet gor­geous, eter­nally youth­ful stars have in com­mon? Well, apart from their ob­vi­ous mega-bucks Hol­ly­wood lifestyle, they also all swear by a sugar-free diet. And judg­ing by their per­fect skin, they may be onto some­thing.

Over the last few years, sugar has be­come nu­tri­tional pub­lic en­emy num­ber one. As well as all the harm­ful ef­fects it has on the in­side of your body – such as high blood pres­sure and an in­creased risk of di­a­betes, heart dis­ease and stroke – it’s pretty un­kindnd to your face, too.

In fact, some ex­perts now be­lieve eating too much sugar is one off the ma­jor causes of pre­ma­ture skin age­ing – think wrin­kles, dull­ness and sag­ging.

Why? When sugar en­ters your blood­stream it at­taches to pro­teins and forms harm­ful new cells that dam­age the col­la­gen and elastin in your skin. The more you eat, the more cells are dam­aged. Ac­cord­ing to one Bri­tish study, these ef­fects start to show at about age 35 and in­crease af­ter that. Try our sim­ple meal plan and start cut­ting back on sugar from to­day.

HOW IT WORKS

1 Fol­low the set meals or mix and match to suit your tastes, and choose one or two snacks per day. 2 One of your snacks must be fruit, which you can save for lunchtime if you like. Try to pick fruits that are lower in sug­ars, even though they’re nat­u­ral fruit sug­ars, to help curb your sweet crav­ings. Go for “or­chard fruits” like ap­ples, pears and berries, rather than sweeter trop­i­cal fruits such as pineap­ple and mango. Then choose an­other snack from the swaps list. 3 Some of our meals and snacks in­clude “op­tional sweet­ness” sug­ges­tions. As your taste for sweet things de­creases, you should leave these out to save calo­ries and sugar and, if you’re watch­ingwa your weight, speed up weight loss, ttoo.

Eva Men­des, 42. Halle Berry, 50. Kate Hud­son, 37.

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