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It’s one thing to go on a diet and stick to it for good, but when you’re constantly having ups and downs, it can really take a toll on your body – especially on your face! According to a new study, seen below, dieting may shrink your waistline, but it sure will take a toll on your looks!

[From Teleraph]

A study has found that losing as little as 10lbs, the equivalent of about one dress size, can age a woman by four years.

Meanwhile, having plump cheeks and soft features helps maintain an air of youth, scientists discovered.

US researchers made the link between weight and perceived age after studying the body mass index of 200 pairs of identical female twins for two years.

Researcher Dr Bahaman Guyuron said: “A BMI higher by four points was found to result in a younger appearance of between two and four years in women over 40 years old.”

In some cases, this meant that a difference in weight of as little as 10lbs added four years to a woman’s appearance, the Plastic and Reconstructive Journal reported.

Divorce was also found to take its toll on appearance, as married or single people were found to look younger than those who have suffered a break-up.

“The twin who is divorced appears about 1.7 years older than the twin who is not divorced,” said Dr Guyuron, of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Suffering from depression, smoking, drinking and sunbathing, also tainted people’s youthful looks, the study concluded.

Dr Guyuron is now conducting a study of male twins to see if male ageing is similarly affected.

Rajiv Grover, secretary of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, told the Daily Mail: “It’s not wrinkles and lines that make people look older, it’s changes in the shape of the face.”

So what does this mean for those extra pounds you’re trying to shed? Click here to read the rest of the article.

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