20 Years Younger

Look Younger, Feel Younger, Be Younger!

by Bob Greene

Number of pages: 320

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

BBB Library: Personal Success

ISBN: 978-0316133791

About the Author

He is an exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer. He is the best-selling author of The Best Life Diet, Total Body Makeover, and Get With the Program! He also writes articles on health and fitness for Oprah.com


Editorial Review

The science of aging has shown that incorporating these four pillars—exercise, nutrition, skin care and sleep—into your life can change your physiology, allowing you to significantly slow down age-related decline and function. Experience amazing changes to your body, mind, and spirit, and learn what it feels like to be 20 years younger!

Book Reviews

“20 Years Younger is a new book written by Bob Greene that shows you how to look younger, feel younger and be younger. This book showcases a science based plan for feeling your best as you grow older… Basically this book shows you how you can use stress control and a positive attitude to reverse several signs of aging.” — Diets in Review

“Do you want to lose weight, erase wrinkles and get energized? Bob Greene says it is possible. Along with a team of top experts—dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer, sleep expert Dr. Ronald Kotler and nutritionist Diane McKay—Bob has written a new book called 20 Years Younger that he says can help you reverse the effects of aging.” — Oprah.com

“Bob Greene has authored 10 best-sellers about weight loss, diet and health, including one with Oprah Winfrey, the “best woman” at his 2004 wedding. The best-selling author spent a decade researching scientific methods to stop aging for his most recent book 20 Years Younger.” — HealthyLivinG Magazine

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Wisdom to Share

There are four main fronts on which you can vigorously fight back against the effects of aging: exercise, nutrition, skin care, and restorative sleep.

If you translated the telomere length into years, the obese women's cells were nine years older than the lean women's.

Excess body fat is thought to cause oxidative stress and is known to promote inflammation of the kind that's been linked to age-related diseases.

Besides its deleterious effect on life span, smoking promotes aging in just about every way imaginable.

Smoking creates free radicals and that it's associated with the development of many age-related diseases, including some that you might not even think would be related: osteoporosis, diabetes and the eye disease macular degeneration.

Persistent stress can cause depression and anxiety; it can kill brain cells and damage the hippocampus, the area in charge of memory and learning.

People with high stress levels have shorter telomeres, which is indicative of whole-body aging.

Exercise keeps age-related diseases at bay and reduces the likelihood of middle-age spread.

You can tell when someone is fit because he or she is able not only to get through the day comfortably and safely, but also to participate in many activities at a higher level and without injury.

When you start any cardiovascular exercise program, it’s important to check with your doctor, especially if you have any serious medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, lung disease, diabetes, or an orthopedic problem.

Cycling is fun, and as long as you challenge yourself, it will give you a good cardiovascular workout.

At each meal, make sure half of your plate is covered with vegetables and/or fruit.

For as many meals as possible, the starch on your plate should be either a whole grain (such as whole wheat bread or brown rice), potatoes, sweet potatoes, or legumes (like black beans, pinto beans, or lentils). When you opt for potatoes, make sure they’re not fried.