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Dieting & Your Skin

This morning I visited the CBS Early Show for a segment on foods for beautiful skin. Originally I wasn’t going to post this here because it’s not directly tied to weight loss, but someone “backstage” commented to me that every time they’ve tried to ‘diet’ their skin suffered. I asked if ‘dieting’ meant cutting out the types of food I included in my segment and she said yes because when trying to lose weight she mostly ate salads with grilled chicken and fat free dressing. Well that’ll do it (cause your skin to suffer that is).


Every cell in your body has a pre-programmed life span – a stomach cell lives about a day, a skin cell about a month. So each and every day your body is busy making new cells to replace those that have died off, and how healthy those new cells are is directly determined by how well you’ve been eating.


When you don’t eat enough good fats and miss out on a broad spectrum of nutrients and antioxidants the raw materials that make and protect skin just don’t show up for work. And because skin cells turn over so frequently a deficient diet can wreak havoc with your looks pretty quickly.


Fortunately the opposite is also true – a diet full of nourishing, balanced foods can do wonders for your complexion in a fairly short span of time. Striking the right balance, e.g. getting enough nutrients while still being able to achieve weight loss results is what the eating strategy in my new book Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches is all about. Rather than a bland salad of raw veggies, chicken and fat free dressing you can chow down on Green Tea Chicken with Avocado Corn Salad, Mediterranean Shrimp Pizza or Edamame Cashew Ginger Stir Fry – meals designed to help you loose weight while looking gorgeous and feeling satisfied and energized. After all, the phrase ‘you are what you eat’ is literally true!     


Here’s the link to the Early Show web site to learn more (e.g. find out why sundried tomato pesto can prevent wrinkles and what beverage to massage into your scalp to fight dandruff), but I’d love to hear from you – have you experienced dull, dry skin when you’ve followed an overly strict diet? Please share your thoughts!



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