Thursday, March 8, 2007

Calorie Restriction

Calorie restriction and longevity are in the news again. This time scientists have more theories about why restricting calories might make us live longer. Apparently this type of diet “increases the life span of mice and delays the onset of age-related chronic diseases such as cancers, heart disease, and stroke in rodents.” Maybe that would work for humans, but it is really difficult to restrict your calories, particularly when you’re sitting there watching TV and it’s still three hours until bedtime. Snacking just helps pass the time, although I do stop eating and drinking at about 9:00 every evening, but that’s mainly so I don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. If you must snack, however, choose some healthy snacks like nuts, pumpkin seeds, and fruit, or other high fiber foods. Limit the fat you consume in order to limit the fat that consumes you. NO CHEESE PUFFS! (article 1, article 2)

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