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Living Lean
Photograph by Karen Kasmauski

Balancing a relatively balanced diet, Mark Mattson displays the daily fare he's typically eaten since 1983: whole wheat pita, steamed vegetables, oatmeal with skim milk and raisins, walnuts, and an apple. Occasional helpings of fish, yogurt, fruit, and vegetarian restaurant entrées round out his weekly menu, which averages around 2,200 calories a day. A researcher at the National Institute on Aging, Mattson is following up on rodent studies that suggest that smaller and fewer meals can lower blood pressure and heart rate and improve blood sugar regulation, which may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and possibly some age-related diseases. As for him? "I feel good on this diet," says Mattson, who is five feet nine inches (175 centimeters) and weighs in at 125 pounds (55 kilograms).

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Nikon 35-70mm zoom f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/20 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Early afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Available light

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