Have you ever noticed when someone loses weight they end up looking older not younger? I think many of us women around the world (and some of you reading this article) may have even seen this phenomenon first hand.
So why is it every time we lose weight our body is thinner but skin looks so bad? Fact is, dieting for weight loss ruins our skin.
It is not fair! We diet to look and feel good not to end up looking older with wrinkled, crepey and dull skin.
But skin aging through dieting does happen, and can happen to you, unless you get ahead of the game.
So, in this article we will first go through why and how dieting ruins your skin. And then we will discuss 3 simple golden rules on dieting and how to keep your skin looking beautiful.
The reasons why dieting ruins your skin happens fall into a few different areas:
1. BAD or unhealthy dieting will turn into bad skin (and hair and nails)
2. The loss of fat due to dieting can lead to wrinkles crepeyness and hollow sunken cheeks.
3. Unhealthy dieting typically involves minimal nutritional elements. The core of our body, what lies under the skin, is vulnerable to accelerated aging if not fed the proper nutrition it needs.
1. Bad Diet = Bad Skin
Let’s look at the facts. Our skin is our largest – and only visible – organ. It replaces itself over time – in fact skin cells only live 3 or 4 weeks and the skin you can see today will not be there this time next month. New skin cells are made all the time and as the top layers flake off, the new skin eventually becomes visible. One of the implications of this is that any change in our diet or other environmental factors that influence the quality of our skin will eventually, inevitably become the skin the world sees.
So, the saying ‘you are what you eat’ is really true. If you want wrinkles and crepey skin, keep eating a high sugar, processed food, fast food, pesticide sprayed, preservative laden, alcohol driven diet. My blog, Top 10 Foods That Age You spells it all out. There is a reason I say "eat these foods at your own risk".
The above mentioned food and drink eats away at what little collagen we have left and impacts your skin on a cellular level leaving a wave of destruction in its path - lines, wrinkles, saggy skin, uneven skin tone and yes, crepey skin. This is what I call the visible signs of aging, or the "damage already done".
The good news is, there are healthy nutritious foods you can eat to support youthful glowing skin and at home corrective cosmetic beauty treatments you can use to fix the damage already done - the visible signs of aging.
If you do not want wrinkles and crepey skin as a ‘reward’ for your non healthy diet, active measures are required to make sure that what you and I eat (or don’t eat) does not end up ruining your beautiful skin.
Fundamentally, our skin needs a number of essential vitamins, minerals and good fats to look its best.
Vitamin E is an anti oxidant, anti inflammatory and immune support element that is the key to skin health. And it is stored in the body’s fat cells. Likewise, Vitamins A, C, Magnesium and Selenium have been shown to be keys to skin health. Some studies have shown beneficial effects on skin beauty from supplementing our diets with these minerals, and with omega 3 fatty acids.
2. Less Fat Can = Less Skin Smoothness
The challenge when we diet is to consume fewer calories, but still make sure we get everything we need to maintain skin quality, and our energy levels. The thing is, make every calorie count! Get the maximum benefit for the fewest calories. More on this later.
Skin sits on a scaffold of bones, collagen, muscles and sinew. When we are young, our skin is flexible and responsive and smoothly sits on this scaffold – so we don’t see wrinkles and crepey skin on young people. As we age, as we all know, things change.
But have you ever noticed how heavier people often seem to resist the wrinkling, sunken hollow cheeks and sagging features that are sure signs of aging, sometimes even at a relatively young age. Why is that? Well, it’s the fat of course – the stuff our diet is trying to get rid of. Heavier people have deposits of fat that have the effect of filling in the scaffold for longer.
Perversely, when we take positive measures for our health and aim to lose a few pounds, the fat that gives the appearance of smoothing can be the first to melt away. What is left is wrinkled, crepey, saggy skin! Countermeasures are required!
3. Our Core is the Foundation of Our Health, and Our Appearance
One big clue is that our skin, our bones and our muscles and sinews are made up of, mostly, proteins. The dominant protein is collagen, which is about 30% of the protein in our body.
Collagen is what connects the body and forms the foundation on which the skin sits. Sounds like collagen is pretty important if we want our diet to make us look younger!
Collagen has many effects because it is so pervasive in the body: veins and arteries are strengthened by collagen so circulation can be enhanced with adequate collagen; bones and joints need collagen for flexibility and to repair damage; some feel that cellulite is reduced because collagen repairs the depleted fibers that cause the appearance of cellulite; and regular collagen intake is reported to actually reduce wrinkles in skin by keeping skin supple and firm, among other benefits.
Countering Collagen Depletion
Unfortunately, collagen depletion is an inevitable consequence of aging. And unhealthy dieting. One simple thing you can do is minimize UV damage from sun exposure
Another proactive step to consider is collagen supplementation.
Collagen supplementation needs to be done thoughtfully – not every collagen supplement actually works! That is because the body does not naturally translate ingested collagen into the body. The dietary supplement needs to be highly ‘bioavailable’ ; that is readily converted into collagen in the body.
A highly promising source of ingestible collagen is gelatin.
What is gelatin? Gelatin is essentially pure collagen. It is created by processing animal sourced ingredients, such as hides, bones and connective tissues of various animals that are broken down into proteins and components called peptides.
Animal protein is what our body needs to have the chance to improve our own collagen. The key word here is ‘animal’ protein. Many people look to get extra protein in their diets but do not differentiate between different type of protein. But there actually huge differences between protein sourced from animals, cattle or bovine protein; whey protein (from milk); or various vegetable proteins like soy, pea, hemp, rice and so forth.
Only animal protein can help our human collagen profile. It makes sense – we humans are animals too! Non-animal proteins can be very helpful for other reasons – they are filling and can assist in dieting, can help reduce bad cholesterol, and perhaps heart disease. But all proteins are made up of amino acids – and only the amino acids dominant in animal proteins can stimulate the production of collagen in the human body.
Make sure your animal protein is NonGMO, hormone free, pasture raised and grass fed and traceable back to its origin. Choose a high-quality source to ensure the best and healthiest result.
The Golden Rules for Dieting and Keeping Your Skin Beautiful
1. If you are going to consume fewer calories – make every calorie count! And that means EAT! Please eat healthy foods. Your diet needs the balance of carbs, fats (yes – healthy ones!) and proteins – within the limits of your calorie budget. So, make sure you focus on getting the essentials without extra, unnecessary or counterproductive sugars, unhealthy carbs and mystery ingredient. Eat fresh, real food.
2. The reduction in fat that you want can take away the smoothness you do want – fight the effect with collagen enhancement. Your face and body will change as the fat drops off. With diligent effort, you can contour the new you with a high impact diet including a focus on collagen replacement.
3. Get the collagen you want and need from quality sources without extraneous ingredients
Gelatin sourced from the best providers is ideal. Gelatin is not really palatable by itself and needs help to be an attractive supplement. Look for a low calorie source such as Triple K Drink, with only 60 calories for 11 grams of protein and delicious taste.
The gelatin in Triple K Drink is shown to help in weight management, brings on radiant skin, hair and improve the strength of your nails, plus help with bone and joint health!
Don’t Let Your Dieting Success Ruin Your Skin!
You want to lose weight and you want to look great! That needs a plan and a diligent effort to counter the potential but natural effects of weight loss. An animal protein supplementation in low calorie beverage should be a core component of your plan. Make your diet a happy one!
Until Next Time,
Growing Younger Everyday