There is a large amount of ways dieting contributes to wrinkles that most women don’t consider when going on a diet. In fact, dieting is one of the worst things a woman can do if she wants to maintain a youthful look to her skin. Wrinkles, dry skin and a low thyroid are just a few ways dieting can harm your body’s natural anti-aging weapons. Instead of dieting, making healthy choices that actually help fight wrinkles is one of the best things to do to maintain a youthful glow and appearance. Be aware of these top ways dieting contributes to wrinkles next time you consider losing weight.
1. Lack of Collagen
Most diets are severely low in quality proteins, which is one of the top ways dieting contributes to wrinkles. Most women fear eating too much protein because they’ll gain weight, but the opposite is true. You shouldn’t overdo your protein because that can also age your skin, but you should eat enough. Why? A lack of collagen in the skin, caused by poor protein intake can cause wrinkles and fine lines. Collagen is made of proteins and fat, and any diets lacking high quality protein will lead to sagging skin quickly. To get enough without overdoing it, aim for 20-30 grams at each meal and around 10 at each snack. The best choices are fish, nonfat and plain Greek yogurt, hemp protein, egg whites, organic chicken and organic turkey, and even whole grain oatmeal and quinoa.
Going low fat is another thing you’ll want to avoid if you’re thinking about dieting. Doing so can contribute to aging quickly by a loss of suppleness to the skin. Collagen is made of healthy fats and your skin needs these fats to look youthful, vibrant and to keep that healthy glow. Choosing the high quality fat sources is most important. Choose only raw nuts and seeds, avocados, unheated olive oil, raw coconut oil, salmon and other oily fish, along with even a few eggs once a week. Despite the bad rap eggs get, pastured organic eggs are actually a wonderful choice for your diet, and rich in omega 3 fats, just like fish.
3. Lack of Vitamin a
If you’re afraid to eat carbs, you’re most likely avoiding high starch vegetables like sweet potatoes and winter squash. In the meantime, you’re depriving yourself of wonderful sources of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is abundant in sweet potatoes, winter squash, carrots and pumpkin. These are some of the best sources of carbs for your face, so please don’t avoid them! The Vitamin A in these foods is in the form of beta-carotene, which is a top nutrient to prevent wrinkles, aging and it also boosts your immunity. Avoiding these foods for weight loss is also unnecessary since they’re full of water and will help to fill you up and lose weight faster than you would by avoiding them.
4. Low Thyroid
Many women don’t consider how their thyroid is affected when they go on a diet, but it’s one of the first things immediately affected. Decreasing your healthy carbohydrate intake for too long is a mistake many women make, including myself. By not eating carbs for longer than a few days, the thyroid starts to slow because they body’s metabolism has to work harder to get those nutrients and fuel from other sources. Instead of carb loading to avoid this, the answer is simple. Choose healthy carbs like whole grain oats or quinoa and eat them early in the day instead of late at night. Also choose vegetables that are higher in carbs such as the ones mentioned above, which are actually weight loss friendly, and they also help to increase thyroid health. Too much soy protein from diet foods is also another reason most women who go on a diet have a low thyroid. A low thyroid ages your skin, can make your hair fall out and slows your metabolism greatly. It also increases dry skin and can contribute to the appearance of wrinkles.
5. Lack of Vitamin E
Vitamin E is one of the top nutrients to eat in your diet to prevent aging and wrinkles. It is rich in eggs, almonds, plant oils and avocados. Unfortunately, when women diet, they avoid animal foods or foods high in fat, but this is a huge mistake and an unnecessary choice. Taking a Vitamin E supplement is also not as beneficial to your skin as food sources are, since your body prefers to get these nutrients in an easy to absorb form. Foods like spinach, winter squash and fish are other great sources as well.
6. Dry Skin
Dry skin is a major sign of dieting and is caused by avoiding healthy fats that nourish the skin. It causes flaking and can make wrinkles much more prominent, though it isn’t a direct cause itself. Dry skin comes from avoiding healthy foods high in fat like nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut oil, oily fish like salmon, coconut and coconut oil, raw plant oils and even pastured eggs. Be sure you eat enough of these fats, preferably one per serving, or even as a snack. They can even help enhance your metabolism, not hurt it, and contribute to weight loss, not gain.
7. Low Iron
Another factor many women don’t consider when dieting is developing dangerously low iron levels. This leads to fatigue, and also aging of the skin. Iron is needed for important red blood cell function, and found in healthy foods like eggs, yogurt, salmon, seaweed, chocolate and nuts and seeds. Include a variety of these in your diet, not just one source, to maintain optimal iron levels and still lose weight. Low iron can cause pale, lifeless skin, and also lower your thyroid and cause anemia.
When you decide to lose weight, first be sure it’s even necessary and if it’s not, don’t diet just to fit into an image that the media portrays as beautiful. Dieting short or long term can cause aging, disease and harmful relationships with your body. You can still be thin and eat healthy foods that reverse aging, like these I’ve mentioned above. If you’ve ever dieted before, what negative effect did you see on your skin?