eat less, live longer

by Diane Lofshult on Oct 01, 2004

Food for Thought

When it comes to calorie intake and longevity, less is proving to be more. Researchers recently compared 18 people who had followed a nutrition-dense, calorie- restricted diet for an average of 6 years with 18 other participants of the same age who ate a typical American diet. The calorie-restricted group (CR) ate between 1,112 and 1,958 calories per day, whereas the control group consumed anywhere from 1,976 to 3,537 daily calories. The CR subjects were leaner than the controls in terms of body mass index (BMI) and body fat; they also had “markedly lower” levels of total and LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting glucose, fasting insulin and blood pressure. Reporting in the online version of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors concluded that long-term calorie restriction is highly effective in reducing risk for the major factors that contribute to heart disease.

IDEA Fitness Journal , Volume 1, Issue 3

© 2004 by IDEA Health & Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

About the Author

Diane Lofshult IDEA Author/Presenter

Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach,...

0 Comments

Trending Articles

Full-Body “Farmhand Fitness”

Several years ago, at the IDEA World Fitness Convention™ session, presenter Michol Dalcourt remarked that young athletes from rural ar...

Making Money With Online Training

Reclining in a beach chair under swaying palm trees and sipping a tropical drink, you turn on your computer and begin your day of work as a ...

A Breakdown of Popular Diets

The following chart offers a quick reference to some of the most popular diets. Use it to help you guide clients toward the best eating pla...

Spring Ahead Burpee/Run Combination

Learn from the best! ReebokONE Expert Contributor Nate Helming demonstrates the importance of incorporating burpees in your running routine...

Health Benefits of Mediterranean Diet

Crous-Bou, M., et al. 2014. Mediterranean diet and telomere length in Nurses’ Health Study: Population based cohort study. British Med...

Third Party Labels on Food

Some government agencies use front-of-package pictorial seals or logos. These include the "USDA Organic" seal and the "USDA Process Verified...

Which Side of Your Brain Is Running the Show?

We all like to assume that we’re rational, logical beings who make well-considered decisions based on a careful review of all the available evidence. But authors Chip and Dan Heath liken the rig...

Expert Advice on Opening Your Own Studio

Many fitness professionals dream of designing a studio that reflects their unique perspective and approach to health and fitness—a pla...

Exercise: The Miracle Cure-All?

Miracle Cure-All? We know there are many benefits to regular exercise. After sifting through study after study, professors at the Academy o...

Answering the Age-Old Question “So, What Do You Think About This Diet?"

Since there is no one “best” diet, and since adherence to a new eating and exercise plan is the most important predictor of whet...

Next