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Youthful and Fat or Aged and Scrawny
As I get older, instead of thinking of all the reasons why I should be a size 0, I've gravitated to reasons why it's ok to be fat (I know some of you hate that word but I like it and I'm the one who's writing at the moment).
I've come to the conclusion that fat people's faces tend to look better as they age. The age lines seem to take longer to show up and when they do they aren't as noticeable. I'm 35 this December and I've' just started to notice a few age lines. The creases in the corners of my eyes. I hadn't noticed or thought about this until recently but now that I have I've been observing other women my age and younger who are fat as well as those who are not...Eureka! They look older!
When my age comes up in conversations people are always surprised, "I thought you were in you late 20s." I now realize it's because of the fat, of course it could be a little genetics too. I remember my mother telling people she was 30 well into her 50s with no shred of doubt showing in their faces. But I choose to believe it's those little fat cells plumping up the creases.
You're probably thinking, yeah but I've seen skinny older people who look great and ageless. I'm sure you do. They are probably the 2-5% of the population who stayed out of the sun growing up and have the genetics to back them up. Can you say the same? Do you think they were ever fat? No, probably not.
So you're plump but want to make sure you have an added advantage. What's a girly to do?
Reduce and Avoid Sun Exposure: The research proves it; nothing can make you older before your time than basking in the sun unprotected. Stay out of the sun, use lots of sunscreen when in the sun as well as wear a fashionable hat. If you do get a burn (shame on you!) don't slop a bunch of lotion on it. Doing so retains the heat and continues the burning action well after you've come in from the sun. You want to clean off whatever grease is on your skin and let the heat out. My biology teacher in College said the best thing to do for a burn was to wash it with Sunlight dish detergent (like you would a bar a soap) and leave it exposed to the air. I've tried this. The aftereffects are so much more bearable than slathering lotion on and being crusty and super-sensitive the next day. This is in no way an encouragement to spend time in the sun. You'll still have sun damage but this will reduce it and the pain afterward. Avoid getting burned in the first place!
Drink Lots of Water: Plump up those skin cells even more with the recommended 6-8 glasses a day. Now if you're like me you probably have bigger than average glasses in your home and it probably takes forever to drink those 8 glasses. Do I hear sighs of discouragement? When they first came out with the 6-8 glasses a day they weren't referring to the behemoth glasses in your cupboard. They were referring to a cup measurement. So go get a measuring cup out of your other cupboard and fill it with water then transfer it to your drinking glass. Wow eh? It probably only fills it to half, if that. You've probably been drinking more water than you thought and drinking 8 cups isn't really all that hard. So feed those thirsty skin cells some water and reap the benefits.
Not surprisingly, being fat does have its advantages. Bare that in mind when you're trying to lose those last 10-20-30 lbs. Do you want to look full-figured and youthful or scrawny and aged? Rejoice in your youthful glow, darlin'.
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