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ANTIAGING TREATMENTS: WELLNESS

Calorie Restriction Program


Calorie restriction, as used by life-extensionists, is a reduction in calorie intake for the purposes of lowering one's rate of aging and preventing disease or mortality associated with disease. Calorie restriction is not the same as "going on a diet," or simply eating less, or starving oneself. More on Calorie Restriction Plans

 

Caloric Restriction / Fasting Program Considerations

It is natural to feel some hunger at the beginning of the fast, but this normally ceases by the second day.

  • Prescribed hunger - suppressing agents may be incorporated at the beginning of the program.
  • Programs typically consists of a 7 to 60-day program; which includes between one and ten fasting days.
  • During times of restriction essential nutrients, especially vitamins and minerals, must be maintained.
  • Protein is reduced during the program, however, minimal essential requirements for protein must be maintained.
  • The diet focuses on "undernutrition without malnutrition"

Caution: Pregnant and breast-feeding women, people who are underweight or anemic, and those with eating disorders, cancer, cardiovascular and digestive diseases or immune deficiencies should not fast.

Diabetics and people with liver or kidney problems should consult their doctors before beginning a fast.

Avoid water-only fasts.

 

Types of Low Calorie Plans

There are two types of low calorie or fasting plans:

  1. Regular or continuous caloric restriction, the same calorie-level every day
  2. Periodic total-fasting days, with normal calorie-level on other days

Although regular caloric restriction has been proved to be an effective life-extending technique, we in fact strongly recommend you to choose the periodic fasting.

 

Calorie Restriction Plans

Calorie Restriction Plans do not achieve extension of life span, but do provide significant health benefits. They also provide a good starting point for getting past the psychological barriers of feeling hungry, which can then support you in attempting a fasting regime. Examples of getting started include:

A very low-fat diet incorporated with a healthy total diet, is mild calorie restriction. A good starting point is getting into the habit of not eating to complete satiety.

Skipping a meal each day – I prefer to skip either breakfast or dinner, as this then gives the body additional hours during sleeping time to detox the body. This works for me, as I am not accustomed to late afternoon fatigue brought on by plummeting sugar levels. This may be because I ensure my lunch has a low GI index; which gives me an even release of energy throughout the afternoon. Try each to see which works best for you. Others find that having breakfast, and skipping lunch, avoids this sugar roller-coaster.

A zero sugar and wheat diet – another favourite of mine, it fools me into not really feeling like I am on a diet. They are both empty calories, providing insignificant nutrition.

 

 
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