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Displacement Theory for Diets

Displacement Theory for Diets

You're less likely to see the numbers on the scale creep higher along with your age if you do this: Eat a bit more fruit with each passing year.

The very logical theory behind this phenomenon? Each additional serving of low-cal, high-fiber fruit displaces some of the calorie-packed, waist-expanding edibles in your diet, like chips and cookies.

Part of Aging
Your weight, body fat, and waist size tend to grow over time. It's all part of the wonderful world of a slowing metabolism -- something that occurs naturally with age. But you can do something about it -- like exercise more. And make subtle changes to your diet.

Fruit and Fat
It makes sense that adding more fruit to your diet would, over time, help control your weight. Your body needs fewer calories as you age, so eating more low-calorie fruit fits the bill.

The fastest way to an inflated midsection after middle age? A diet that gives fatty foods more and more stage time.

So leave the cannoli, take the cantaloupe.

Medically reviewed in September 2019.

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