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French actress Catherine Deneuve's famous declaration that, after age 30, a woman has to choose between her face and her ass, now has scientific backup. Age has always been beauty's enemy.  Women have always been desperate to find ways to keep their youth and good looks for as many years as possible.  The mirror is the enemy, becoming more cruel as the years pass.  There's a whole smorgasbord of wrinkle creams, pills and plastic surgery options available to women seeking the magical and nearly effortless fountain-of-youth results.  Weight is a whole other issue; these days it's all about getting that Barbie figure and keeping it until the day we die.  


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But trying to fit yourself into the mold modeled by society's most beautiful is hard to do without spending a big wad of cash or stress-dieting.  Women across the nation battle with the problem of continuously going in and out of their goal weight ranges, finding almost zero success maintaining the lost weight.

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, recently published study findings that indicated being thin is what ages us most. In the study, nearly 200 pairs of identical twins were studied over a two-year period and their observable differences in their appearances were compared to create the data. "A BMI higher by four points was found to result in a younger appearance of between two to four years in women over 40 years old," said Dr. Bahaman Guyuron, research designer and plastic surgeon. Rajiv Grover, secretary of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, welcomed the findings. "It gives scientific credence to what we always thought but couldn't prove, which is that it is not what your mother looks like, but volume-loss that makes you look older," he says. "Excessive dieting will give a woman a gaunt appearance by leading to volume loss in the midface [cheeks]," adding, "volume loss can be compounded by yo-yo dieting." Other factors found to contribute to aging include sun damage, smoking, drinking, failure to cope with stress and long-term anti-depressant use.

Can I get a hallelujah!? Ladies, forget about keeping a house full of diet foods and no sugar, non-fat pre-made meals and supplements—it's time to eat like a human being again.  Give the "model diets" a rest and pick up a sandwich (mayo and all).  Keeping a few indulgences in the house will not do you in, in fact they can keep your cravings appeased and cheeks rosy.  Happiness is priceless, and any woman that has dieted extensively or repeatedly can attest to how low their joy-level is throughout the weight-loss process.  

So stock up on the sunscreen, ditch the cigarettes and booze and get a good therapist if you need to straighten out your personal life—but don't leave the food behind.  Aging is an unstoppable process, but it can be a graceful slide if the correct precautions are taken.  Live well, treat yourself to a massage and mini Snickers bar and pat yourself on the back for making it through the 40+ years you have walked this Earth and remind yourself that you are fabulous.

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 23, 2009
    • Ok, first of all, I’m not giving up the booze!

      And, I’ve taken up exercise again with a vengeance. I know that this is what keeps me looking youthful and allows me to eat what I want. And I really love to eat!

      Good article, Yana. Very encouraging!!!estaticestatic



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      Joan1124 wrote Apr 23, 2009
    • Actually, I think it was ZaZa Gabor who declared it was OK to sacrifice her ass for her face. And you are right the more hollow cheeked we become the older we look. sounds to me like another life balance question...Work/Kids, Ass/Face....all in a days work...



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      Encee wrote Apr 23, 2009
    • Overall I agree.  Except that it really is more the rollercoaster up/down weight that affects the elasticity of our skin.  Like inflating a balloon and letting the air out over and over.  

      While I’m talking....it’s also about nutrients. If a woman eats a lot of food she’s bound to get more of them.  Eat sensibly and take a good supplement, and extra vitamin C.  You skin will love you for it.  

      And.....I’m with Chocolatier.....I’ll skip dessert before I give up the wine with my dinner! estatic

      Thanks for the article Yana!



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      Safari wrote Apr 23, 2009
    • Who doesn’t want to get older in good shape and healthy? I want to.
      I try to eat as healthy as I can eat real food or alive food. I do exercise regularly and of course I drink two or three ounces of red wine once or twice a week. I use to take a sun bath in the morning at least 10 minutes.
      I don’t want to end up like Lindsay Lohan whom is sacrificing her boobies for a pretty face, well she is sacrificing her body for hollywood.
      My point is, NO botox for me, thank you.



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      Deprogrammed wrote Apr 23, 2009
    • Take the best possible care of yourself, whatever that means to you, be happy, and it will show all over.  Don’t worry about the other person looks like, there will always be someone firmer, trimmer, curvier, whatever.  Be the best you that you can be because there is only one - and tag, you‘re it!



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      Coachmombabe wrote Apr 23, 2009
    • Happy is the new young, ladies! A genuine smile and joyful spirit may keep them guessing about your age too! ;o)



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      Safari wrote Apr 23, 2009
    • Coachmom, great point. I smile alot, even when the other person doesn’t smile back at me hahaahhaha. A good sense of humour helps a ton keeping people younger.



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      Charlotte44 wrote Apr 23, 2009
    • I’m with you all! I refuse to give up my wine and will skip dessert to have it.

      Excellent article. My guy feels the same way and prefers my rather large ass.

      Although I would like to drop a pound or two I can never see myself being the close to skeletal thing that I would have done anything for 20 years ago.  

      I do love who I am today. Wine, chocolate and all!!!



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      Coachmombabe wrote Apr 23, 2009
    • Safari, I’m sayin! estaticestaticestatic



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      Paula Bertucci wrote Apr 23, 2009
    • Great article...I tend to be on the thin side since I had my daughter 26 years ago...fast metabolism...so I have to work at keeping the pounds on ..unlike most people..( I know..most would like my problem)..but still as hard to keep the weight on as for most to take it off...recently I saw my naturopathic doctor and she said I look so much better with the extra weight...being too thin can make you look older..so enjoy your desserts or wine or whatever you love..in moderation of course....but like many others have commented...enjoy your life..enjoy being you...and remember:

      “Be yourself, Everyone else is already taken.”  Oscar Wilde



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      Mjmurphy wrote Apr 23, 2009
    • Another great post Yana, thank you!



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      Btcsweets wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • You made me smile a big radiant smile today and drop my guilt over my Starbucks mocha this morning...loved the part about enjoying a mini-Snickers...thanks for a great post.



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      Marya1961 wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • great article, Yana...I agree with everything, but the stress part can be difficult on us as we mature...especially living with men, young men and boys...they are all very draining on a woman and we need to be able to find our alone time..estatic



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      Aggiemom08 wrote Apr 27, 2009
    • FABULOUS!!  Thanks Yana. We all needed this reminder.  I agree with smiling and laughing to keep us younger.   Another trait I believe is attractive and keeps us younger is confidence, not arrogance, but confidence.  Being comfortable in your own skin, with your own skills and confident you are successful, regardless of what you are doing.  SMILE, and don't apologize for your "short-comings".  Everybody has some.  Enjoy Today!  : )



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      Jan Dearman wrote Apr 28, 2009
    • I’m with you!  Love a nice glass of wine or margarita once in a while!  Would you like to kmow about some really healthy chocolate????
      Just ask me,
      Jan



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      Kathy Holmes wrote Apr 28, 2009
    • We diet for other women - men love a nice, round ass. :)



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      Ivonne wrote May 9, 2009
    • I agree with most of you..it would be very hard not to drink that nice red, woody yummy wine!
      I always been thin and my face is round, after my honeymoon two years ago I gain a few pounds and believe me that “incipient” double chin, made me look so much older!!Now I lost the “extra” pounds and I’m happy and comfortable, I’m also taking bellydance lessons ..just for fun!
      Salut!



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