10 YEARS YOUNGER – the amazing ten-week plan to look better, feel better, and turn back the clock. (370 pages. Broadway Books, NY, 2005)
Steven Masley, M.D., former medical director of the Pritikin Longevity Center and a pioneer in antiaging medicine, has designed a practical plan that could add years to your life. He points out that Americans are, on the whole, aging faster than ever, with diabetes, cancer, and heart disease leading the cause pack. What used to be a senior citizen’s problem in later life, is now hitting people in their 30s—cancer, and even heart disease. Diabetes is the silent killer, and at least a third of the population has it and doesn’t even know it. High cholesterol is showing up in children.
Dr. Masley says that low-carb diets deprive the body of antiaging phytonutrients and fiber, damaging brain cells. So “the first secret of turning back time is: Eat your carbs!” That is a most interesting statement to hear if you are a diabetic.But everything becomes clear in his book. The 10-week plan takes you through each week with the nutritional choices you need to make, relaxation techniques to reduce the aging effects of stress (we can all use that), and a simple exercise program designed to build lean muscle and trim the fat.While the plan may seem somewhat daunting at first, it really is pretty simple to follow.
If you have ever wondered how the body ages (we know what it feels like to experience that, but we don’t really know what is causing it all), you can read all about it in this book. You can even learn what your biological age is through five key measures. It is hard to know where you are going and what goals you want to achieve, if you have not started with some basic baseline data. He identifies 16 “vitality” foods, and this weight watcher is happy to say that she has 14 out of the 16 in her kitchen and refrigerator right now.
The 10-week plan is built around 10 simple principles. One of them is, “Save room for dessert.” (Who wouldn’t like that one?). You learn how to incorporate fiber into your diet, and what a portion is for your favorite foods. Portion size has expanded right along with the waistlines over the past 20 years. Most restaurant meals have menu items that can turn into two to three additional meals, dishes that will serve at least two people, and more often than not, three to four. Yet, Americans inhale those entrees just for themselves.
Besides the diet plan, there is also a recommended workout program, using aerobic and strength training exercises. You learn the anti-aging moves, too. There is a whole chapter on detoxification. The body has to get rid of toxins (free radicals, heavy metals, industrial chemicals, drugs, and other pollutants that accumulate in the body and cause disease. This is done through a detox process, which includes changing your lifestyle so that your body is able to get rid of the toxins.
The chapter on antiaging supplements will educate you on which supplements you need, how to buy them, and when to take them. For example, he tells you to take magnesium. But there are several forms of that on the market. You need to know which form to buy, or you might be getting a pill that causes gastro-intestinal problems. This chapter on supplements is one of the most detailed I have ever read, and answers a lot of questions most people will have, questions that not even your primary physician will always be able to answer.
This program is not a one-size-fits-all. You start by determining how m any grams of fiber you currently consume, and then choose the phase that relates to that. Same for the right exercise phase and skin care phase—you need to assess where you are now, and then you know where to start on Dr. Masley’s program. Recipes, with full nutritional values, are included.
For more information, go to his website and the website for the book.