A 70-year-old woman credits her amazing body and complexion to her sugar-free diet of 28 years was slammed by unconvinced This Morning viewers.
Perth-based Carolyn Hartz flaunts a bikini body that women decades younger could only dream of, however some were not convinced that she had attained her look without any surgical help.
The mother-of-three spoke to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford from Australia via live video link on Monday, about how she gave up sugar 28 years ago after years of being ‘addicted’ to sweets.
But her smooth faced appearance led viewers to take to Twitter, with one suggesting her line-free face had nothing to do with diet, posting: ‘Who is this woman fooling?
‘”I don’t eat sugar blah blah can have toxic s*** injected in my face”. Her forehead can’t even move.’
Others followed suit: ‘You know if she was gonna fool us all saying sugar free makes her look young she could’ve made the surgery work look natural[sic].’
‘Are we supposed to believe she looks so young through healthy eating?! You can clearly see she’s had work done on her face!’ fumed another.
Carolyn explained that she decided to repair her lifestyle after being diagnosed with pre-Type 2 diabetes, and realized that her sugar addiction was a cause for concern.
‘I could see what the effects of diabetes two was going to do to me. When you’re frightened of something you should change, and I did because I didn’t want to be unhealthy,’ she said.
Carolyn was asked if she’d ever had help from surgeons, but revealed that once upon a time she thought nothing of eating ‘half a cheesecake’ for breakfast or an entire packet of biscuits in one go.
She swapped her unhealthy habits for protein, replacing sugar with protein-rich food, as well as having five small meals a day so she could monitor her cravings.
The 70-year-old also explained how she began using a natural sweetener called Xylitol which she uses as an ingredient in her baking, and inspired her own recipe book called Sweetlife.
Carolyn also recently spoke to FEMAIL about her top beauty and health secrets for women of all ages.
‘A lot of women post 50 think that it’s not possible to maintain a reasonable shape and weight when they reach 50 or beyond,’ the SweetLife founder told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I even speak to women who are in their 40s and who have had children and think they cannot regain their post baby body.’
Mrs Hartz says while it may be ‘a little more difficult’ to stay in shape for women post 40, it can ‘still be possible if you really want to work at it’.
‘We know our metabolism slows down as we get older it just means we have to take control and make healthier choices and work a little harder,’ she said.
‘I believe it is very important to be aware of the type of food you eat and the quantity of food you eat. Being mindful while you are eating is a huge factor.
‘Mindless eating can lead to unnecessary weight gain. I say to my customers “taste and enjoy every mouthful”… it will help you slow down and you will be less likely to overeat.’
Mrs Hartz said the first two tips for women eager to look their best are to do with their attitude and diet.
‘I am an optimist even when I have challenges thrown at me I have learnt to stay positive. I have trained myself to remember the half the glass is always half full,’ she said.
‘You may laugh at this but I wish the weather presenters would say a partially sunny day not a partially cloudy day. I think it would make the viewers so much happier.’
And when it comes to food, sugar is most certainly out, with Mrs Hartz opting for an alternative called Xylitol.
Mrs Hartz also urges people to never deprive themselves of the food and drinks they love but to be careful of ‘portion size’.
Sleep is also crucial, with Mrs Hartz trying to sleep for at least eight hours every night.
‘I have done this for most of my life and now the research shows that it is essential for good health to get this number of hours,’ she said.
‘It is when our body heals and rejuvenates.’