Screen siren Sophia Loren has a long list of health inducing, beauty-preserving tips — but admits even she struggles to stick to them! “Eat very, very, very little things,” the 85-year-old Italian actress has said. However, she adds, eat a lot of them.
“I don’t starve, because I eat very much.” Sophia drinks freshly squeezed juices and eats fresh foods like salad, fruit and, occasionally, meat. She also recommends staying away from bread. “A lot of starch is no good, but some starch, yes,” the Oscar winner has said.
The body converts starchy foods like pasta, rice and potatoes into fat; starch also raises blood sugar levels, which can not only cause weight gain, but excessively tax the body in the process. Once a month for decades, Sophia also goes on a self-imposed three-day diet. She restricts her calorie intake to the bare minimum and replaces all “bad” food choices, like sweets, with fruit and veggies. Her typical menu includes salad, turkey, chicken and a small portion of pasta. For dessert she has a pear or an apple. As for staying in shape, Sophia admits she keeps things especially simple. “I walk, walk, walk, walk,” she’s said. “That’s very good for your heart.”
Indeed, walking just 30 minutes a day also improves mental health, boosts the immune system and reduces sugar cravings!