You may not have realised this, but the foods you have in your fridge are just as important for keeping your skin soft, smooth, and supple as the creams in your bathroom. In this article, Dr Norris and the team at Form and Face debunk fad diets and hook you up with diets that can help you shed kilos and have the prettiest skin in town, too. Win-win!
How to Avoid Being a Weight-Loss Fad Victim
A fad diet is an approach to weight loss that’s new and attracts a lot of interest…until it’s proven to be bad for your health. Crash dieting stresses the body and throws it off-kilter, inside and out. In fact, one of the first signs of malnutrition is problematic skin.
To avoid the negative consequences of fad diets, say NO to any weight loss plan that
- Severely restricts your calorie intake beyond what is recommended by medical professionals.
- Promises to help you lose an enormous amount of weight in a short time (i.e. 5 kilos in 1 week).
- Promises to help you lose weight without exercise.
- Eliminates one of the five main food groups.
- Bases its claims on the outcome of a single study.
6 Popular Diets for Skin Health
Beyond fad diets, there are a wealth of wonderful eating plans that have proven themselves tried-and-true when it comes to health and weight loss. If you enjoy a structured approach to weight loss, try one of these skin-friendly diets and watch your complexion glow:
- Gluten-Free Diet – Eliminating wheat products helps keep blood sugar stable. That’s important because sugar spikes are a contributor to collagen glycation and sagging skin.
- Mediterranean Diet – It’s rich in fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains, and nuts that provide strong skin benefits thanks to an abundance of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
- Paleo Diet – It focuses on high protein food and unprocessed foods like fresh veggies, nuts, and fruits. These ‘clean’ foods are easier for your body to process and helps get beneficial nutrients to the skin.
- South Beach Diet – With an emphasis on ‘good’ carbs and fats, this diet promotes more stable blood sugar levels. It also allows for the anti-inflammatory effects of antioxidants as well as MUFAs and PUFAs.
- Vegan Diet – It’s loaded with the antioxidants and phytonutrients your skin loves and is low in the saturated fat your skin hates. On the downside, cutting out meat, eggs, and dairy can put you at risk for a B12 deficiency. Talk to your doctor about taking a supplement.
- Zone Diet – A diet designed to stabilise blood sugar and promote weight loss, as well as protect collagen from sugar spikes. Every meal in the zone diet has the same proportions and consists of 30% protein, 30% fat and 40% carbohydrates.
Healthy Beauty at Form and Face
Health is the most beautiful thing there is. If you’d like to explore safe, proven, and healthy solutions for skin and body issues, the caring professionals at Form and Face are waiting to answer all your questions. Please use our online enquiry form or call us on02 9387 3800.