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2009-03-31

The key to youthful looks is a healthy appetite

First of all I want to tell everyone that I am so sorry for being behind this week and not commenting and dropping as is my usual standard. I am getting back on top of things starting today so will get back to all you loyal commentors and droppers (THANKS FOR STILL COMING BY).

While reading the Daily Mail (one of my favorite sites) I found this great article and wanted to share it with you and see what you think…..

The key to youthful looks is a healthy appetite

“By Fiona Macrae at the Daily Mail

Turning back time: Madonna may spend hours in the gym but according to new research she'd be better off eating a few good meals to plump out her face which could take four years off.

Forget punishing exercise routines and restrictive diets, the key to looking young is having a healthy appetite.

Research shows that being thin is what ages us most, with plump cheeks and soft features making women appear younger.

So strong is the link that the loss of just 10lb in weight - around a dress size - can age a woman by some four years.

Experts said the U.S. study showed that dieting does not always have the desired effects on looks.
Rajiv Grover, secretary of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said: 'It's not wrinkles and lines that make people look older, it's changes in the shape of the face.
'People have this thing about being thin. It perhaps gives them a slimmer body but they certainly age in the face more quickly.'

The US researchers made the link between weight and perceived age after studying 200 pairs of identical twins for two years.
Identical twins share all their genes and so any differences in their looks had to be explained by their lifestyle, rather than their DNA.
The body mass index of each twin was calculated by dividing their weight in kilograms by their height in metres squared.
The ideal BMI for an adult is between 18.5 and 25. A BMI of below 18.5 is classed as underweight, while above 25 is considered overweight and above 30 obese.

The study showed a clear link between BMI and the age the women were perceived to be.
Researcher Dr Bahaman Guyuron said: ''The twins were divided into groups based on a four-point BMI difference.

'A BMI higher by four points was found to result in a younger appearance of between two and four years in women over 40 years old.'

In some cases, this meant that a difference in weight of as little as 10lb added four years to a woman's appearance, the Plastic and Reconstructive Journal reports.

Mr Grover, a consultant plastic surgeon at King Edward VII Hospital in London, said that while most people will find their cheeks start to lose their plumpness from around the age of 38, extreme dieters have the most to worry about.

He said: 'People who are trying to stay stick thin lose weight from their face sooner than they would otherwise and those is extremely ageing.

'This volume loss can be compounded by yo-yo dieting , where not only do you create volume loss, but also stretching of the facial supporting ligaments due to repeated facial volume gain and loss, which causes deeper nose to mouth lines and jowls.

'The more fat that is preserved in the face, particularly the cheeks, the more you will preserve the facial proportions of youth.'”

25 comments:

betchai said...
i noticed that too, when women or men have a drastic loss of weight, they look older all of a sudden with their face muscles sagging? i think the lose of weight should be a healthier one, like not very drastic. thanks for sharing this wonderful information, heidi.
skywind said...
Yes, if unhealthy appetite, then do not talk about anything.
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Stephen said...
I don't know, this could also be a rationalization not to lose weight. I would agree with betchai, who states that gradual weight loss while eating a balanced diet is key to healthy weight loss.
EastCoastLife said...
When we lose weight, not only are our face muscles sagging but other parts of our body too. :(
EastCoastLife said...
Congrats, heidi!
You are my first commenter of my recent post. You get a link love. :)
Ailurophile said...
Fascinating post. I especially love the George Bernard Shaw quote on the top left of your blog! Hope all is going well. Take care :)
Tammy said...
I've noticed that women with taunt faces look old.
Jarlin said...
Thanks for the info.
Penny said...
I think it makes sense. Tho my BMI is low I still have a round and full face I think. I guess I should be thankful if it stays that way when I get older :)
Shu Fen said...
hey ho! first time dropping by ^^

you look really fit! XD

keep up the good work! :D
Is that what's doing it for you, girl? Cuz you look mah-velous! ;)

I know that keeping some of the fat helps me keep this baby face. I'm gonna keep eating like a horse (and exercising regularly) so that it stays that way! :D
BeadedTail said...
Interesting information Heidi! I always learn something when I visit your blog and I thank you for that!
Bill said...
That is one thing i have is a healthy appetite. I just think i eat the wrong things some times. I am putting my self on a diet and exercise program. have a great one Hedi.
Duni said...
Great post! And I totally agree. Thank goodness I have a good appetite :)
Dori said...
Great info once again Heidi :-)
Cascia said...
I agree that if you are too thin then you do look older. Some of those really skinny celebrities look a lot older with their sunken in cheeks. Great information! Thank you for sharing.
Sadie said...
I've always said that a lot of older women in Hollywood look like Skeletor... :p
ssgreylord said...
well, amen to that. i always love reading something that helps me rationalize my healthy appetite! thanks heidi!
jacqueline said...
I've known many women who shed weight, but the plumpness they lost in their face left them looking a little worn.
Sogeshirtsguy said...
I think slow weight loss is definitely the way to go. Losing too much too fast can definitely make women look older.
David said...
People I've seen who are really into Yoga tend to age a lot slower.

You look in great shape BTW and your kids look very sweet.
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marie said...
Hi! I am 28. I have lost about 80lbs total. I noticed that my face was much smoother when I was about 20 lbs heavier than I am now, but I want to be able to stay a healthy size without my face looking tired and saggy. What should I do? Eat a lot of healthy foods to gain some weight, but exercise A LOT, so I stay a healthy size... to get my face looking youthful again??? I have to watch how much and what I eat because I don't have a very active lifestyle... i have a desk job... so pretty much sitting all day... i try to get to the gym and walk, but not often as i would like... any ideas and thoughts would be great!

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