Created by the editors of Good Housekeeping, 7 Years Younger: The Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet (7YY) is a 7-week diet plan designed for men and women in their thirties, forties and beyond. GH staffers focus on food that targets weight loss, brightens the complexion, moisturizes skin, closes pores and keeps new wrinkles at bay. The book also explains the benefits of exercise on the aging body, and reminds us about the importance of flexibility, balance and muscle strength.
I’m the eldest member of the Diets In Review crew. A lady never reveals her age, but let’s just say I would crush my opponents in 1980′s Trivial Pursuit because I was actually alive and old enough to drive in that decade. So, it was no surprise when our editor slid the book 7 Years Younger: The Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet across my desk and said, “This might be a good one for you to cover.”
7YY is not an in-your-face diet. There is no drill sergeant yelling, “Eat this. Don’t eat that. Now, drop and give me 20.” Instead, the book begins with an introduction to the authors and all their nutritional street cred. Then, the authors ask you to write out a pledge, which is essentially a commitment to yourself and a reminder of the bigger goal, which is to improve your overall health and well-being.
Next, is a resource guide you can refer back to along the way. It’s an impressive list that includes the link to an entire community of 7YY dieters, handy if you ever need someone to talk you off the pastry ledge when all you want to do is climb through the drive-thru window of Krispy Kreme when the “Hot Donuts Now” light is on.
The book does a great job of reminding the reader that food really is fuel, especially as we get older, so we need to be well-informed about our choices. From protecting brittle bones, to reducing bad cholesterol, to nourishing the skin and strengthening collagen (discouraging pesky wrinkles and jowls), 7YY breaks down the information you need now to avoid a body breakdown later. Let me tell you, this getting older business is no joke, but eating the right food can offset many age-related diseases and conditions including stroke, osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, and more.
Sneak Peek! Good advice from page 57 -
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- Fill your plate with a rainbow of colors – Age-reversing nutrients are found in foods that are red, orange, yellow, purple, blue and green.
- Avoid youth-robbing foods – Sugar, alcohol, and refined-grain foods such as white bread, rice and pasta offer no health benefits and promote the aging of skin.
- Pick your proteins well – You can make a cheat sheet of delicious lean proteins that will save you a ton of calories for next time you’re at the grocery store or out to dinner. (Proteins are listed in the book.)
Finally, 7YY includes a 7-week diet plan with recipes and substitutions for each meal of the day. And because the editors know it’s impossible for people to eat exclusively at home or spend a significant amount of time prepping in the kitchen, a multitude of advice is given about the healthiest frozen foods on the market, as well as low-calorie appetizers and entrees from the most popular restaurants across the nation.
Overall, I found 7 Years Younger: The Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet book to be comprehensive and well-rounded. If you’re a woman – or man – of a certain age and you’ve jotted down “Lose weight and get healthy” on your new years’ resolution list, I’d highly recommend it. Cheers! And happy new year!
December 31st, 2013