ANN/THE STATEMAN – Different lifestyles can make you look younger and make you safe from different health problems.
This is especially true as you get older and experience more natural weight fluctuation.
Everybody has a different size, shape, and weight and despite com-mon belief, your weight is not always an indicator of your health.
When it comes to weight, what is more, important to look out for is a type of fat called visceral fat, which sits around your stomach area.
This is known as the “dangerous” type of fat because it grows around your organs and can increase your risk of certain diseases. Because of this, managing your visceral fat as you age can be an important part of preventing age-related disease.
Here are some habits which can lead to loss of belly fat and slow-downs ageing:
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Drinking enough water is key to every aspect of your health. If you’re not getting enough of it, you may experience things like irritability, feeling much hungrier, bladder troubles, heart and kidney issues, and lack of energy, to name a few of many. So when you’re looking to adopt some healthier habits, start with your water intake.
Drinking water can help fill you up so that you eat less overall, and it also helps keep your skin looking young and healthy by flushing out toxins from your body,
EAT MORE VEGETABLES
When it comes to healthy eating to slow ageing, you can’t go wrong with vegetables.
“Vegetables are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, miner-als, and fibre, all of which help keep you young and healthy,” said Coleman.
“You should include vegetables in every meal when possible because they are low in calories but high in nutrients. I also suggest eating a wide variety of vegetables such as broccoli, kale, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, and onions instead of only one type of vegetable at a time.”
EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST EVERY DAY
Although some people may unintentionally skip it when they’re busy, breakfast is one of the most important parts of your day.
“Eating a meal in the morning helps fuel your body so you’re less likely to binge on junk food later in the day,” said Coleman.
“If you have time, make sure you eat breakfast within an hour of waking up, as this will give your body enough time to digest before your first meeting.”
TRY INTERMITTENT FASTING
The only time “skipping breakfast” should be practiced is if you’re in-tentionally trying an intermittent fasting approach after getting ap-proval from a doctor or dietitian. This approach to eating is less of a diet and more of a lifestyle that can improve both your weight and your longevity,” said Trista Best, MPH, RD, LD at Balance One Supplements.
“Intermittent fasting aids in lowering inflammation in the body, which is known to cause and exacerbate chronic diseases common to the West.
EAT MORE WHOLE FOODS
Whole foods are essentially the opposite of processed foods, and according to Best, it’s crucial to limit your processed food consumption and replace them with whole foods whenever you can. “Processed food is a food product, meaning it is not a whole food.
Processed foods are those made from refined carbohydrates, stabilisers, emulsifiers, and other ingredients to enhance shelf stability, flavour, and texture,” said Best.
“When we eat foods like this in large quantities, they can irritate the gut, cause an imbalance in gut bacteria, and ultimately lead to chronic-low grade inflammation. In contrast, whole foods have not been modified in any way to add to or take away from their nutrient quality.”