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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Calorie Restriction Weight Loss Program For Longevity

Since the 1930’s studies show (in rodents, dogs, cows, mice, worms, spiders and monkeys at least) that by restricting calories, we can extend life. Calorie restriction also reduces the incidence of virtually all diseases of aging such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, auto-immune disorders, neurological decline and diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. (source)

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No tests have yet to be done on man, however, in 1991, quite by accident, 8 scientists sealed themselves up in a giant airtight terrarium in the Arizona desert for a 2 year experiment on self sustaining ecosystems called Biosphere 2 and quite quickly found that indeed, they could not grow enough food to support themselves.

Roy Walford, the team’s physician, had been studying calorie restriction diets for a number of years and convinced his fellow scientists to give it a try.

I don’t really think they had a choice.

When their project ended and they exited the bubble …

tests proved them healthier in nearly every nutritionally relevant respect than when they’d gone in

Walford is the author of The Anti-Aging Plan: The Nutrient-Rich, Low-Calorie Way of Eating for a Longer Life--The Only Diet Scientifically Proven to Extend Your Healthy Years, but himself passing away at the age of 79 from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Ironically however, caloric restriction may have accelerated the course of ALS for Dr. Walford, as mice genetically engineered to develop ALS experience faster disease course and shorter lifespan when placed on a calorically restricted diet

I’ve done my own bit of calorie restriction as part of an experiment of ABCDE, Anabolic Burst Cycling of Diet and Exercise I did back in 2003. ABCDE is about two week cycles of diet and exercise. Two weeks of double caloric intake plus 1000 calories along with heavy lifting 3x a week and no cardio. This is immediately followed by two weeks of lower calories (in my case, 1800 per day) along with cardio and light weight training just enough to keep the muscle built during the first phase.

The idea behind ABCDE was presented to my by Bill Phillips during an interview he did with the ABCDE designer and I followed this program for 2 months. In a way, I experimented with a version of the calorie restriction program.

Calorie Restriction Test

What would it be like to follow this program for 2 months?

That’s the premise behind a story done by New York Magazine writer Julian Dibbell who did an entire 2 months on a calorie restricted diet. Her account leaves her 20 pounds lighter, an improved sex drive, dreams of immortality and, well, hungry.

I’m not sure if it’s worth it really.

I enjoy food and I always have.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the junk food I ate when I was younger, but have now come to love whole foods, imported beer and great wine.

I’ve often said that the reason I train so hard is because I like eating. I love training hard for all the benefits it provides both physically, mentally and emotionally and then I get to eat more too.

Is calorie restriction something you do or would consider doing? Read the Ultra Extreme Calorie Restriction Diet Test and make up your own mind. Personally, I’d like the freedom of earning my food because of the work I put in.

But hey, that’s just me.

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At 4:37 AM, Blogger drmathew said...

I believe working hard, doing exercises and having healthy diet is the key to prevent most cardiovascular diseases like coronary artery disease and heart related diseases.

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Jillian said...

Not sure the Restricting Calorie Diet would be for me. I like things on a more even keel. Thanks for the info

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Jillian said...

Not sure the Restricting Calorie Diet would be for me. I like things on a more even keel. Thanks for the info

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At 4:53 AM, Blogger mary.smith said...

Hello, This is Mary

I am 36 years old with 2 toddlers. My youngest just started day care last week- which still feels a little strange. I haven't had this much time to myself in years. First thing I want to do is lose the extra pounds I put on during the last pregnancy. One of the girls next door has suggested I join her walking group two days a week. After my first pregnancy I lost around 35 pounds using the Herbalife products, but when I called the man that sold them to me three years ago he told me this week he doesn't sell them anymore. He told me to look on the internet. It's disappointing because he was really nice and he called me regularly to make sure I was using their products correctly. It was nice to have someone checking in with me every week to see how I was and it kept me motivated.

I searched on the internet for someone that sells Herbalife in New Jersey. I found many websites but I don't want
just to buy the products, I want to find someone trustworthy that sells the products so I can also meet them and get started again.

Could anybody here recommend someone in New Brunswick?

Thanks, Mary

At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Rob said...

Well Mary, my first thought is "how do I get ahold of you?"

At 2:04 PM, Blogger www.nicholascole.org said...

I think that the key is in the diet. I believe in that. I've lost some kilos for a month eating 6 times a day.

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Gary said...

I'm just NOT going to have a healthy diet. I'm a sixty-something single male. I WILL NOT plan menus, shop, & prepare meals. I eat (and like) mostly fast food and frozen stuff from the supermarket. I do make a couple of concessions, however, to help make up for my bad diet. I work out and I take supplements. I know many are skeptical of the benefits (I was too until I tried them) but results are what's important. My favorite provider is Jean Carper's Stop Aging Now supplements. She offers a full range of supplements, including cinnamon and green tea extracts, fish oils, etc. If you'd like to take a look at the site, here's a link: http://www.stopagingnow.com . I think it will be worth your time to stop by.


At 6:48 PM, Blogger Blue Light Special said...

About the calorie restriction - I found your research pretty interesting. I spent alot of money a few months ago to join a weight loss program which really restricted my calories, abou 850-950 a day. It was pretty tough for me after about a month because I had NO energy and always felt tired. I did lose about 10 pounds over 2 months, so it did work. But doesnt your body plateau after a while on any low calorie diet? This program I was in basically promoted high protein supplements w/ a low carb/ high protein diet. They told me the high protein would keep me full - but I was ALWAYS hungry. After 2 months I started weight watchers and its amazing how much better I feel now w/ a little more calories and a more balanced diet. Maybe low calorie works for people who don't work out alot. I added about 4-5 days of high intensity cardio, so low cal just was not worth it. Stop by by blog some time: http://ndyw-tallahassee.blogspot.com/

At 6:28 PM, Anonymous Austin Personal Trainer said...

It is interesting that we are experiencing a serious rise in obesity along with increased longevity. More proof the correlation does not imply causation.

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Rob said...

Blue Light - The calorie restriction they're talking about in this program is only as low as 1800 calories. Below 1200 I'd start to worry. Even at 1800, for me is really low.

what it really comes down to is nutrient density in your foods. If you're eating foods that are highly nutrient dense, but low calories, your body should be getting everything it needs regardless of calories.

it's about quality, not quantity

as low as you were talking about - 900 cals, Yep, things would plateau and shut down.

I see little value in weight watchers. They teach portion control, but not healthy eating. Even their ready to eat meals are 25% or more in fat.

again, that's my opinion


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