If adding another ten years to your life were as easy as skipping dessert three times a week, would you do it?
A 75 year old discovery about calories is being put front and center again. Back in 1935, Clive McCay began a study on aging and discovered that a low calorie diet helped his lab rats live longer; 33-percent longer to be exact.
It turns out, as other studies since have shown, that calorie restriction is part of our survival response. In times of food scarcity, natural selection kicks in. So, those that learn to eat less survive.
Calorie restriction doesn’t mean dieting, but eating smarter. Last year, a study bolstered these findings by discovering that people who cut calories by 15-percent for two years experienced metabolic changes that resulted in lower cholesterol and blood sugar plus an increase in insulin sensitivity. Those combined slow the aging process.
It turns out the fountain of youth may well be watching those calories.
Source: Psychology Today
And here's what another research study found:
Cutting 300 calories out of your diet each day will not only help you lose weight but may also help prevent cardiovascular diseases. The benefits of calorie-cutting come after researchers studied 200 people who were at a normal weight or slightly overweight but in overall pretty healthy condition.
The average weight loss by cutting 300 calories per day for two years was around 16.5 pounds. Those studied also experienced better insulin and protein levels and improved lipid levels.
Duke University's School of Medicine hopes that continued research into calorie-cutting could help people avoid heart disease and diabetes.