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When it comes to the wide array of facial creams and beauty products out there aimed at decreasing and preventing wrinkles, most of us are guilty of splurging more than a pretty penny on a “miracle” pot or two.

But what if we told you there was a cheaper way? And that this way would also help you to maintain your waistline in the long run? Well according to science, it’s possible. According to science, in order to get fewer wrinkles, the solution is to eat less food. Yup, you read that right: eating less = wrinkling less. Or so the theory goes.

Researchers at Brigham Young University studied mice to see whether or not the amount of calories they consumed had any effect on the animals at the cellular level. Turns out they do.

The mice were split into two groups: the ones in the first group were given unlimited access to calories while the second group was under a stricter diet of roughly 35 per cent fewer calories. The study notes that they still had access to all of their daily caloric needs in order to survive.

At the end of the trial, the mice in the second group showed fewer signs of aging. Why?

According to researchers, it all has to do with cells. The ribosome, which is a protein maker within an actual cell, slows down when it has less calories. As a result they have extra time to repair themselves, therefore also slowing down the aging process.

“The ribosome is a very complex machine,” explains senior author John Price, a bio-chem professor. “Sort of like your car. And it periodically needs maintenance to replace the parts that wear out the fastest. When tires wear out, you don’t throw the whole car away and buy new ones. It’s cheaper to replace the tires.”

What’s more, is not only did the mice in the calorie-restricted group have an improved lifespan, but they had more energy and suffered from fewer diseases.

Unfortunately, this particular study hasn’t been done with actual humans, so don’t go starving yourselves just yet. The good news though is that if you were thinking of taking a hard look at your diet anyhow, this could just be another reason to make a change.

In the meantime, we recommend getting your hands on some Betty White blood. We hear it does the body wonders.

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