Can something as simple as reducing the number of calories you consume lengthen your lifespan? Results of a recent study proved this is entirely possible. OK, hold on – before you click away from this post – it is not the same as starving yourself and eating next to nothing!
Many studies on calorie restriction have proven that it slows down time for the body, lowers the metabolism, reverses the effects of aging and prevents age-onset diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. All great things. But how do you cut calorie intake by 20-30% and stick with that long term?
It’s not exactly what you may think. Rather than simply eating much less (and struggling because of hunger), what they found was this: it isn’t food reduction, but calorie reduction that was so effective. What’s the difference?
Rather than just eating less “food” which almost always fails – focus on eating lower calorie, nutrient dense foods. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, that should sound familiar. It’s the basis of my 3D Living Plan and Today’s the Day Seven Week Fitness Plan.
So what are those low calorie, nutrient dense foods – think vegetables – especially leafy greens. Make dinner 6-8 ounces of fish, poultry or very lean meat and tons of dark green vegetables. Replace cookies or chips as your snack of choice with fruit.
By creating your meals in this way, you effortlessly eat fewer calories and yet nourish yourself right down to your cells! A win-win if there ever was one.