Calorie Restriction (CR) is the process of limiting caloric intake with the intention of slowing down aging.
Some people refer to the concept as an anti aging diet.
Research into Calorie Restriction has continued for many years – concluding that the lifespan of many animals (rats, monkeys, spiders) is extended when calorie intake is restricted.
Times have changed and seniors want to be healthy and active pursuing activities like travel, yoga, and dancing well into their 80’s.
However, the difficulty of Calorie Restriction is that sufficient nutrition (vitamins and minerals) must be maintained while lowering energy intake as much as possible.
There are many adherents of a calorie restricted lifestyle – hoping to extend life.
Calorie Restricted Meal Plan
A Calorie Restricted diet must be slowly adopted. Losing more than 1 pound of weight per week is not recommended. This plan comprises 1700-1800 calories – but this should vary depending on age, weight, and exercise level.
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Sprinkle vinegar and ½ tbsp olive oil and ½ herbs and spices over salad. Sprinkle ¼ tbsp olive oil and remaining herbs over fish. Sprinkle remaining olive oil over sweet potato (have this for dessert).
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Many more low Calorie recipes can be found here.
How Can Calorie Restriction Slow Down Aging?
The concept is still at the theoretical stage – and many theories exist as to why the various experiments on animals have resulted in longevity of life.
However it appears that calorie restriction slows down the rate at which the telomere’s on our genes shorten, thus extending life.
A good background primer on calorie restriction and anti-aging is available at Wikipedia.
The Anti-Aging Diet Retails for $16.95.
See also the Calorie Restriction Society’s website.
By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
- Heilbronn, L. K., Ravussin, E. (2003). Calorie restriction and aging: review of the literature and implications for studies in humans. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 78(3), 361-369. link
- Weindruch, R. (2006). Calorie Restriction and Aging. Scientific American, 16(4), 54-61. link
- Anton, S., Leeuwenburgh, C. (2013). Fasting or caloric restriction for healthy aging. Experimental gerontology, 48(10), 1003-1005. link
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