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Eat Less, Live Longer

That is what researchers are saying. A just-released study from St. Louis University adds to the growing body of studies that shows by restricting your calories starting from age 25, the more years you can add to your life.

young and healthyCutting back from your typical 2,000-calorie day to just about 1,500 can be tough and not that fun. But you will be amazed at how much of the good stuff you can pack in a 1,500 calorie-day or less. And small changes go a long way: Swap your french fries for a few pretzels or your full-fat ice cream cone for a small dish of sorbet.

To get a sample of what you might be noshing on as you skim down your daily calorie allotment, the Pritikin diet is one example.

Aside from food, I wonder what supplement-makers and a host of other professionals in the anti-aging industry think about this evidence that suggests eating less will make you live longer? There are so many products on the market now that claim to be the real Fountain of Youth, and we are digging deep into our pockets to taste from this well of potential youth-saving techniques. Who would have thought that instead of spending money to live longer that science is telling us you can actually save money by cutting back on your food bill?

July 9th, 2008

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3 Responses to “Eat Less, Live Longer”


Steve Parker, M.D.
Jul 9th, 2008
7:09 pm

Here’s the URL for the St Louis University news release:
https://www.slu.edu/x23994.xml

I’d say the new findings are quite preliminary. Even the St Louis researchers call for more studies. But the possibility is intrigueing. Since I’m at a healthy weight, I’m not sure I would want to cut back on my calories by 300-500/day. Might depend on how many years I could gain. I wouldn’t do it for an extra 2-3 months of life.

To maintain my current weight while cutting back on caloric intake, I assume I would have to reduce my physical activity by almost the same amount. Then I might lose the longevity effect of regular exercise. Eventually my resting metabolism would slow a bit.

Average life expenctancy in the U.S. is at an all-time high: 78 years.

-Steve


diet don
Jul 9th, 2008
7:46 pm

The funny thing about diets and weightloss plans are their are so many and all do not work for everyone. The thing that you have to do is to keep trying different plans until you find the one that gets you the results you are looking for.

The most important thing is to keep on trying and you will find it.

If you check out enough diet sites you will find certain things that run through all of them and these generally are the things that you use to create your diet foundation.

I kept on searching until I found one that would allow me to eat whatever I wanted and still get in shape. I also shared this with some other people who thank me daily.

Keep trying and don’t stop!


Steve Parker, M.D.
Jul 9th, 2008
8:16 pm

The closest thing we have to a fountain of youth is regular physical activity.

-Steve