Do You Need to Eat an “Anti-Aging Diet?
There seems to be a new type of diet created specifically for every food, eating style, or lifestyle preference around. Whether you need to cut back on sugar, reduce your salt intake, or eat for a healthy heart, there is likely more than one diet plan to suit your needs. There are also a host of anti-aging diet plans aimed specifically at people who want to eat healthy, lose weight and hopefully reduce visible signs of aging. Here’s a look at some anti-aging diet plans and, more importantly, how well they work.
The Anti-Aging Zone Diet
Dr. Barry Sears’ The Zone Diet has long been a staple on the diet book scene. With a few modifications to the original plan, he created the Age-Free Zone Diet, a low carb, low calorie, high protein version of his original diet that claims to reduce the excess amounts of cortisol, insulin, blood glucose, and free radicals that he believes are responsible for the aging process. The diet focuses mostly on calorie restriction, with allowed foods including protein at every meal and snack, fruits, and vegetables. The diet restricts high-carbohydrate, processed, low-fiber, and high fat foods. Sears claims the diet helps people with type 2 diabetes because of the focus on controlling insulin, but is not recommended for people who need to reduce their meat intake. Since the diet has a low calorie focus, people who stick to it will likely lose weight.
The RealAge Diet
Do you know your real age? Is it older or younger than your actual age? According to Dr. Michael Roizen, creator of the RealAge Diet, the food choices you make can make you biologically younger. It is not so much a diet as a real eating overhaul that will mean making some big changes to the foods you eat. The plan is based on avoiding red meat, saturated fats, trans fat and sugar. Instead, you are encouraged to eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains, plus the inclusion of a multivitamin supplement. There is also a heavy emphasis on vitamin D and calcium. Whether the diet will actually lower your biological age is debatable, but you will be eating as healthfully as possible by following this plan.
The Schwarzbein Principle
This eating plan claims to help prevent disease, turn back the clock on aging, and help you lose weight, too. It is high in protein and healthy fats and low in carbohydrates. The creator, endocrinologist Diana Schwarzbein, says the diet is designed to control insulin and glucagon levels. Alcohol, caffeine, carbohydrates, chocolate, and sugar should be avoided, while foods high in protein and fat are encouraged, plus whole grains and starchy vegetables. Will you lose weight? According to many reviews, the answer to that question is unclear because recommended serving sizes for many foods are not provided, plus the lack of detail about portion sizes would make it easy to gain weight on this diet! You may also lose out on key nutrients such as vitamin D and fiber by following this diet. As far as anti-aging claims? The premise of this plan is to help control insulin levels, which the creator claims contribute to the aging process, but following this specific plan may do more harm than good due to the high level of cholesterol and saturated fats you will be eating.
Following an anti-aging diet plan may be a good move for you if you are interested in eating healthfully and cutting out the foods that contribute to the aging process. The specific plan you choose to follow will depend on your goals and preferences, but it is always a good idea to thoroughly check out the diet plan to make sure you are going to be taking in the proper nutrients and not denying your body important foods.