The best thing you feel about being a grown-up is the freedom to do and eat whatever you want. Does this really mean you can grab up almost anything and eat it?
You may not be feeling any difference from your teens and twenties, but the fact is that your body changes in ways that make it more difficult to lose weight and stay in good health after you gulp down the things you aren’t supposed to eat. This can be a rude wake-up call for you.
So in order to age gracefully into a body you would like to flaunt over the years, keep track of the foods that you should avoid after you celebrate your 30th birthday.
Sugar in any form
After 30, collagen production slows and elastin, the protein that keeps skin firm, begins to break down, causing fine lines to form. Although it is impossible to stop the aging process, it is possible to keep your youthful complexion later into life by cutting back on sugar, a nutrient that accelerates wrinkling and sagging. Sugary diets cause a slew of health problems, including insulin resistance, which can lead to PCOS, a condition that’s been linked to female infertility. Many sources of the sweet stuff are hiding in less obvious places like bread, ketchup, and flavoured yogurts.
Tip: Calm your sugar cravings by snacking on a sweet piece of fruit. Avoid bananas.
In fact, salt in any form, should be cut down as sodium intake in all forms causes high blood pressure and is linked to skin aging. Many soup cans are laced with BPA, a chemical that is linked to cancer, infertility, and weight gain.
Tip: If you are craving for something warm and comforting, head to the kitchen and whip up one of the DIY fat burning soups.
While younger folks can get away with skipping breakfast or simply eating a starchy ‘weight loss’ cereal or bar, you need to eat 20 to 30 grams of protein at each meal ideally.The protein bars contain only about 10 grams of protein, which won’t do much in terms of keeping you full and satisfied until lunch.
Tip: Swap the bar with a homemade protein shakes that are sure to satisfy your tastebuds and help you stay lean and fit for life.
Soft drinks like Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Fresca, etc.are laced with potentially cancer-causing dyes and are the primary source of added sugar. Not only does sugar negatively impact ovulation, but it has also been linked to poorer sperm motility. Simply put, sipping the stuff may make it more difficult for you to conceive. Added chemicals like BVO can contribute to internal inflammation, which has been linked to obesity, a condition that can make it harder to conceive.
As we age, the body does not metabolize alcohol as efficiently. It is also increasingly difficult to get a good night’s rest with alcohol in your system. Sleepless nights lead to carb and sugar cravings the next day, which can contribute to further weight gain. Moreover, alcohol sucks the moisture out of your skin, which temporarily makes fine lines more noticeable and, over time if you continue to booze, causes the skin to lose elasticity and form wrinkles.
Calorie dense foods
Though you exercise, and it still has plenty of positive effects on your body, weight loss is no longer one of them. So, if you want to drop your pounds after getting in your 30’s, you need to cut down on the calorie-dense, hard-to-put-down snacks like oreos, bagels, and white bread. The body converts refined carbohydrates into sugar and then glucose, a nutrient that damages collagen and other wrinkle-fighting proteins.
Tip: Take whole grain forms of bagels, bread, pasta and not the refined forms to help keep your blood sugar levels even kneeled, aiding weight maintenance and weight loss, giving you a more youthful figure.
Coffee in any form
Drinking a caffeinated beverage out of a straw is a skin-aging double-whammy. Your body cells repair themselves when we sleep at night after being exposed to skin-stressors like UV rays, throughout the day. However, intake of high quantity of caffeine (in the form of drinks or coffee ice cream) can interfere with sleep quality, cutting into this rejuvenation time and prematurely aging the skin. Lack of sleep increases the risk of obesity as well. Moreover, repetitive facial movements, like sipping through a straw, can cause fine lines and wrinkles.
Tip: Instead of sucking down your daily iced coffee with skim, sip on hot green tea, which may ward off wrinkles by fighting inflammation and improving the skin’s elasticity.
Sugar-free snacks and drinks
Toxins like artificial sweeteners may make you thicker around the middle since it may be a sign that your liver isnot functioning optimally. Drinks laced with artificial sweeteners may confuse your bodies by making you expect calories that are not there. This interferes with your body’s ability to regulate what we eat and results in “metabolic derangements” like poor insulin response and elevated glucose levels, which can lead to fat storage and a host of illnesses like metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Tip: Jump-start the detox process by kicking foods made with fake sweeteners (like sugar-free gum, candies, and snacks) and skinny coffee drinks.
Reaching 30 means that you have had three decades to accumulate toxins from food, which can negatively affect metabolism and hormone balance. The most popular produce that has the highest amounts of pesticides and should be organic whenever possible include: apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, bell peppers, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes.
Butter alternatives like margarine are often made with partially-hydrogenated oils, one of the most common trans-fats. This type of fat is linked to heart disease and may also accelerate the skin’s aging process by making the skin more vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation. Eating margarine can also cause chronic inflammation, which may also accelerate wrinkle formation.
Microwave butter popcorn
Popcorn is a healthy snack filled with energizing whole grains, in its purest form. However, the food industry has transformed it into something harmful to your health. This microwavable butter popcorn contains five grams of artery-clogging trans fat per serving, that is more than double the recommended daily limit.
Tip: For a healthier snack, pop plain kernels of corn on the stove with some coconut oil and a small pinch of salt.
A single tablespoon of soy sauce has a whopping 879 milligrams of sodium. This is enough to dehydrate you leading to puffy, dark circles under the eyes that become more pronounced with each passing birthday.
With each passing year, the body needs and burns fewer calories. So, you need to eat reasonable portions as you journey further into adulthood. The recipe for the popular chip is specially designed so that no single flavour overpowers another. When foods lack a dominant flavour, people are less likely to feel full and, in turn, consume more. Moreover, it contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), an additive that’s been known to increase appetite and make foods taste more appetizing.
Sports drinks provide critical post-workout electrolytes, like sodium and potassium, but they also contain calories and sugar. And as you age, your metabolism slows, you are also less active and more stressed which can change the way that the body metabolizes calories and sugar. Thus, the less sugar you have in your system, the better it is for your abs and overall health.
Coffee creamer and sunblock have more in common than you might think. They both contain titanium dioxide, an ultraviolet radiation blocker that doubles as a whitening agent. It has been proven to cause liver and tissue damage. Coffee creamer is also typically packed with trans fats, often hiding under its lesser-known name: hydrogenated oil. It has been shown to diminish memory in adults under 45 years old. Trans fats can also cause inflammation, which can exacerbate aches and pains.