Eat Less, Live Longer? Really and be happy?
Jul. 10, 2009 6:33 pm
Updated: Jul. 17, 2009 6:27 pm
I caught a report tonight on the CBS Evening News with the title Eat Less, Live Longer. A group of scientist took monkeys and put half on a calorie restricted diet. They wanted to see if they would live longer. That they did. 50% died on the unrestricted diet verses the 20% who died on the calorie restricted diet. It is also felt that you are 3 times LESS pron to cancer, diabetes and heart disease on a calorie restricted diet. I'm not advicating restricting your calories I just thought this information was interesting especially in light of the fact that there are over 200,000,000 people (2/3 of us) overweight.
I believe in moderation. I have learned that eating healthy plus moving my body at least 3 times a week allows me the freedom to eat what I want when I want within moderation. I want an ice cream, I have one, but not every night. I want a rare steak with a baked potato? OK, I have that maybe once a month. I don't buy any food with high fructose corn syrup in it or hydrogenated oil- both things extremely bad for your body. I make most of my own bread and cookies and if I do buy them at the market I read the labels. I make my dinners from scratch.
The most interesting thing that the CBS report stated was that by reducing your caloric intake by 10% -30% you would jump start your metabolism! That is not a lot and I think a doable number.
I liked to eat (who doesn't) I like a glass of wine or two and I like a good cocktail. I try to eat healthy and excercise on a regular basis. Will I live to be 80 or 100? Who knows, but I'll enjoy myself every step of the way with good food, friends and family.