One of the benefits of dropping 40 pounds was that now I look younger. Instead of being embarrassed about sharing my Before Picture, I now have something that makes me proud. It’s almost surreal looking back at that before picture. I love it when people claim that my Before and After pictures are two totally different people. I almost agree with them. I don’t even feel like my former self.
I feel 10 years younger and think that I look 10 years younger. I’m sure that a big part of it is that I guess I must have had a lot of fat in my face, because it is a lot thinner. But when you live a healthy lifestyle it can make a huge difference with the aging process.
When Oxidation takes place in the body it creates Free Radicals (Damaged Cells). When metal Oxidizes it turns to rust. The human body has a similar effect. Oxidation is part of the aging process and can be sped up by having an unhealthy lifestyle. Smoking, Alcohol, Stress and other factors will speed Oxidation. Not only will the body age quicker, but a person can be at an increased risk of heart disease, cancer and other heath related problems.
I’m sure you’ve heard people say, “Eat blueberries they have Antioxidants in them.”
Ok so what do they do? Antioxidants prevent and reduce free radicals (damaged cells caused by oxidation). In comparison if the body were rusting like metal than the body would prevent the body from rusting. They are in a wide range of foods and each of them do different things. This is another reason why you want to eat a balanced diet. (Examples of some Antioxidants: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta-carotene and Selenium) One of the best sources of antioxidants comes from Blueberries, raspberries and other berries. They also show up in fruits, vegetables, nuts (almonds, walnuts), Spices (cloves, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, oregano).
I try to add certain things to my nutrition each day that provide antioxidants as well as other benefits. I probably add cinnamon to 3 or 4 of my meals a day. I add different types of fruit to my shakes. I use a lot of black pepper and garlic.
A healthy balanced diet will do a lot more for you than just help you drop weight.