Diet

Desperate Housewives Star Teri Hatcher Looks And Feels Amazing at 55 Thanks To The Diet

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When Teri Hatcher, former Desperate Housewives star shared photos of herself on Instagram looking fantastic in a bikini, she received a huge number of positive comments. The 55-year-old actress shared that she joined an eight-week F45 challenge that was accompanied by an anti-inflammatory diet.

“Exercise has become a source of well-being not a means to look good naked. This is my truth and being in this 55-year-old body actually feels liberating. Here’s the thing. I’ve finally figured out how to be comfortable in my own skin. Maybe not every day but a lot of them. Age allows you to be clear on your purpose and cherish who and what you are grateful for,” she wrote on the caption.

On TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, Hatcher shared her experience in an interview. She said, “I took the picture because it was at the end of an eight-week gym challenge that I had been doing that involved me being on an anti-inflammatory diet—and not to lose weight.”

She also explained that the challenge’s focus was not about losing weight, but to get fitter, stronger and improver her overall health.

“That’s what I was trying to pay attention to, and just be happier—be in a better mental place. I wanted to say to women, to everybody, you know, ‘Here’s who I am at 55. This is it. I’m not lying. I’m a strong woman. I’m a strong person,’” she added.

Ultimately, she says her diet played an enormous role in getting to where she is and achieving her goals.

What is an anti-inflammatory diet?

Author of The Small Change Diet, Keri Gans, R.D.N. explains that “an anti-inflammatory diet is a diet that promotes consumption of foods known to decrease inflammation in the body.” Food like red meat and processed snacks increase inflammation, that eventually leads to diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and depression. By avoiding these types of food and consuming food that have anti-inflammatory properties will lower your risk of encountering these diseases.

“The anti-inflammatory diet, I think, is empowering—cutting out alcohol, or at least not making it your go-to reward at the end of every day, and finding something different. It makes you not as depressed, not as lethargic, not as achy, all those things,” Hatcher shares.

There are no rigid rules to follow for an anti-inflammatory diet, but in general, you should “eat foods that have the building blocks of pro-anti-inflammatory cytokines, such as fish and shellfish high in omega-3 fatty acids and amino-acids,” says certified dietitian-nutritionist Gina Keatley. She does mention though that, “there is no guarantee that it will solve health problems or create weight loss.”

Other foods to include in your diet are fruits and vegetables, legumes, food with healthy fat like olive oil, almonds, avocado, herbs, spices and dark chocolate. “In other words, it’s very similar to the Mediterranean diet,” says Gans. Some anti-inflammatory diets would allow red wine to be consumed, while others don’t allow any alcohol consumption.

What type of food should be avoided when doing the anti-inflammatory diet?

White flour, sugar, processed food, red meat, friend food, trans fats and baked goods should all be avoided. Some also recommend cutting out gluten, but this is not a universal rule.

Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., author of The Little Book of Game-Changers shares that she’s had “a lot of success” with clients that tried the anti-inflammatory diet.

“I’ve found that it helps people become more mindful of what they’re eating. Whenever you’re working toward a specific health goal, increasing your mindfulness around your eating habits can help you be more successful because you’re more tuned in to what you’re putting in your body.”

For Hatcher, doing this diet has made all the difference in her life. “When I say like I feel the best, you can’t kid yourself—like after menopause when you don’t have estrogen coursing through your body. You know, it’s no joke, the things that change. And I think more women need to be talking about that, so that we understand this sort of seven-year mysteriousness of hell that your body goes through,” she opened up to Hoda & Jenna.