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If you’re one for healthy smoothies, juice cleanses and counting your calorie intake, there’s no surprise that you look and feel great. Besides adding the much-needed nutrients and cutting out saturated fats, you’ve made it a point to maintain a healthy diet.

Well, apart from the obvious reasons to watch what you eat–weight loss, and beautiful hair and skin– there’s an added advantage to this lifestyle.

According to a study conducted at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, aging gracefully can also be attributed to low-calorie diets.

The study suggests that “Targeting mechanisms in the central nervous system that sense energy generated by nutrients might yield the beneficial effects of low-calorie diets on healthy aging without the need to alter food intake.”

The study focused on a molecule called “AMP-activated protein kinase,” or AMPK, which acts as a molecular fuel gauge to detect energy levels.

According to the researchers, “AMPK inhibited the activity of a protein called CRTC-1 in neurons. This process, in turn, controlled the behavior of mitochondria, the primary energy-producing organelles in cells throughout the organism, by altering production of a neurotransmitter. Altering the AMPK pathway in just a limited set of neurons was sufficient to override its effects on metabolism and longevity in other tissues.”

To put it simply, for a healthy rate of wear-tear-and-repair in your body, stick to low-cal diets packed with nutritious foods. This will improve your quality of life, while also taking care of your body and skin.

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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.