It’s EVERYTHING you’ve ever been told about diet and exercise boiled down to its essence. Two basic steps that every single American is urged to take.
You’ve heard it from your doctor. You’ve read it in magazines and books. Heck, even those endlessly squabbling TV experts all agree on this one.
If you want to lose weight and stay strong as you get older, you need to exercise MORE and eat LESS.
Well, my friend, I’m here today with a stunning reality check.
EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE EXPERTS IS WRONG!
There’s a new study hot off the presses that completely undermines those popular mainstream talking points.
It not only reveals that this approach is doomed to fail. It also shows how it could DAMAGE your bone.
And that means it can lead to the kind of crippling injury that could cause disability and even lead to an early death.
When diet and exercise are bad to the bone
It happens to the best of us. As you get older, you start to slow down. You don’t have the strength or energy you used to.
And then one day you look down and think, “Holy smokes WHAT is going on with my waistline???” The dreaded Senior Spread has taken hold.
If you’ve already had some struggles with your weight, it’s probably getting worse. But even if you’ve been stick-thin most of your life, that paunch can appear.
So you panic.
And you scramble to follow that age-old advice: eat LESS… exercise MORE.
You might even feel good about it at first. But a new study shows how this combination can sometimes be dangerous – especially for older folks.
As we age, our bones often get a little bit weaker. And that combo you’ve been told is so healthy – exercise more, eat less? Well, the new study finds it can actually SPEED that bone-crumbling process, making your skeleton even weaker and more likely to snap.
This “healthy” combo could doom you to an early death
In experiments on mice, researchers found that drastically cutting calories caused fat to build up inside the critter’s tiny little bones.
And, as you can imagine, “fat bone” isn’t exactly “strong bone.”
It’s just the opposite, in fact. The fat makes your bone weaker. And in the mice, it happened even when they were given supplements to ensure they got all the minerals they needed for healthy bone despite the low-cal diet.
It’s as if the minerals didn’t matter, and couldn’t be used.
Next, they started some of the low-calorie-diet mice on an exercise program. And while some of that excess fat DID leave the bone, something else happened, too.
Bone quantity and bone quality plunged. Meaning it got weaker, despite the exercise, despite the “healthy” diet, and despite the lower bone-fat levels.
In humans, that’s not JUST a recipe for a painful injury. A bone break can lead to a rapid downward spiral.
A study last year found that older guys are 33 percent more likely to die in the year after a broken hip. While older women face a 20 percent higher risk of death in that time.
Ditch the bad diet and exercise advice
If your own body feels a little weaker… and if your stomach’s getting a little bigger… it’s reasonable to be concerned. But as the new study shows, it’s DANGEROUS to blindly follow the mainstream advice on this one.
Instead, have a talk with your doc and then get back to basics.
Rather than drastically cutting back on calories, try trimming the processed foods (especially refined carbs) from your menu. And if you make sure you get your daily essential minerals and plenty of protein as part of your healthy diet, you can build stronger muscle and bone.
That can happen WITHOUT working out like a maniac too. Instead, focus on unseating your seat more often to do your chores and move around.
Add in an active hobby you enjoy such as water aerobics, walking, or golfing, and you’ll be all set to “age gracefully” while avoiding those broken bones.