Since your body is developing its fat cells, it is vital to eat a good, healthy diet of fresh foods during your 20s. Angela Tufvesson explains more…
Exercise as much as possible
After puberty, dormant female fat cells are activated by the release of oestrogen, leaving you with a healthy high teens body fat, centred around your hips to assist with fertility. Regular exercise develops thicker and stronger adult muscles at this age and soft tissues and bone density are approaching their peak.
Reduce alcohol consumption
“Limit the alcohol!” warns accredited practising dietitian Charlene Grosse. “For every gram of alcohol you drink, you’re consuming empty calories and that doesn’t include the soft drink, juice or other flavourings that contribute to them.”
Popular bevs can contain 200 calories a pop, she warns. And shelve the frequent takeaways.
Ditch the late-night takeaways
A survey by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) found that 60 per cent of young women consume takeaway foods at least once a week. Since your body is developing its fat cells, it is vital to eat a good, healthy diet of fresh foods during your 20s. This helps develop the appropriate amount of good fat cells and avoids excessive fat cell maturity, which won’t do you any favours later in life.