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94 of 95 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2006
The Anti Aging Plan is, in my opinion, the first book to read on the subject of Caloric Restriction (CR).

The basic idea of CR is that you can live much longer if you design a diet for yourself which is low in calories, but provides all of the necessary nutrition.

This book presents the essential facts, without getting bogged down in technical details. Anyone who wants to maximize their lifespan, or lose weight in a healthy way, can benefit from "The Anti Aging Plan."

Roy Walford's other book, "Beyond the 120 year diet" provides more technical data, which some people will want, but people to whom I've given copies of that book tend to be "blinded by the science."

Lisa Walford's book "The Longevity Diet" adds some interesting insights, but doesn't give enough information on it's own to get you started.

If you adopt the CR lifestyle, you'll certainly want to read all three. You'll also want to download the free software from [....] .

Personally, I've followed this diet plan for four years. I've lost 50 pounds, and improved my cholesterol from 240 to 151. It isn't easy, but it works.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2005
I agree with another reviewer that the recipes in this book are a GREAT resource. I cannot however give this book 5 stars, because the scientific introduction is a bit too weak, and even stretches the facts a bit. Readers need realism not rose-coloured scientific preaching. The other reviewer recommends purchasing Beyond the 120 year diet as a companion book to get the scientific details, but there you get the same over-optimistic interpretation of the facts. I would recommend instead the new book by Lisa Walford and Brian Delaney, The Longevity Diet. If you read The Longevity Diet, you will get a realistic picture of the state of anti-ageing research, and you will get a lot of interesting personal stories from people on the diet offering extremely useful tips for staying on the diet - something Roy Walford seemed to think wasn't necessary. Then you can turn to the recipes in the Anti-Aging Plan!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2005
This is a good book with a boatload of diet tips and recipes...half the book is recipes! It leaves out much of the scientific research supporting the diet, for this get a copy of "Beyond the 120 year Diet." Which I have to say is a fantastic book. Happy cooking and long living!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2009
I have long been a believer in, and an advocate for, keeping daily calorie consumption down along with following an intelligent exercise program. I learned the rewards are better health, a youthfulness, more energy, greater vitality. When my metabolism started slowing down, I put on a few pounds and I didn't know how to take them off without jeopardizing my health. A piece of information was missing, and I didn't know what. I researched "calorie restriction" and found that there's a whole body of research-derived knowledge that takes the mystery out of it. The secret is Calorie Restriction with OPTIMAL NUTRITION. Eat fewer calories, but eat foods that are packed with the nutrients your body needs, in correct proportions. It requires conscious planning, determination, and the willingness to change your eating habits . . . but it is well worth it. I recommend 4 books. They are: "The Anti-Aging Plan" The Anti-Aging Plan: The Nutrient-Rich, Low-Calorie Way of Eating for a Longer Life--The Only Diet Scientifically Proven to Extend Your Healthy Years, "Beyond the 120 year Diet" Beyond the 120 Year Diet : How to Double Your Vital Years, "The Longevity Diet" The Longevity Diet: Discover Calorie Restriction--the Only Proven Way to Slow the Aging Process and Maintain Peak Vitality, and "The CR Way" The CR Way: Using the Secrets of Calorie Restriction for a Longer, Healthier Life. Although the fundamental science in each book is the same, there are differences in each book. Using them all enables you to customize a diet that fits your schedule, way of life, and preferences. If there is a fountain of youth out there, this is it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2011
I purchased this book alongside 'The CR Way' and 'The Longevity Diet'. Both of the latter are much more recently published. I enjoyed reading the Anti-Aging Plan, but was surprised that after only 80 pages or so it transitions into Part 2, which is completely recipes (albeit much needed recipes). In addition, I felt that the book could have used a bit more technical backing in describing its summaries of research information. I understand that Dr. Walford wrote other books that contain this information, but I don't see why some of it couldn't have been included here. As for the remainder of the text, I believe Dr. Walford's enthusiasm and support of CR were both motivating and forward-thinking; unfortunately, however, many important elements of a CR diet are not discussed or are outdated, presumably due to the age of this book. For example, in the sections on Vitamins and Supplements, certain recommendations are made (C + E are good examples) that are more or less debunked by recent research presented in 'The Longevity Diet'. In addition, the later books focus on important topics such as Glucose, Insulin and IGF-1 and these are conspicuously absent from 'The Anti-Aging Plan'. In summary, I feel that this book represented an important step in moving CR to the public consciousness, but if you are new to the game, I recommend starting with 'The Longevity Diet' first.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2007
Dr. Walford was a pioneer in the field of extending life via caloric restriction. Any person who performs objective medical research can confirm that there have been many legitimate medical studies that have shown that caloric restriction is the only proven way to extend life in mammals. The evidence supporting this is compelling. The challenge is how to implement this concept in everyday life, particularly if you enjoy eating food, as this reviewer does. It may be difficult for the average active adult to follow a severely restricted diet for a prolonged period of time. However, Dr. Walford's book contains some good recipes, which may be sufficient to put his research and concepts into dietary reality for many people. Dr. Walford's book is a well-written book and worth reading. It is not a fad diet, by any means. It is possible to use the information in this book as a motivator to eat fewer calories and, just as important, to eat more nutritionally dense food (e.g., whole grains, fresh vegetables, beans) as one grows older and as one's metabolism slows down. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject. You can learn a lot by reading it. It is unfortunate that Dr. Walford died of Lou Gehrig's disease. I am sure he would have continued his valuable research, which he enjoyed sharing with others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2012
Severe restriction of caloric intake is associated with increased longevity, for those whose restricted diets are nutritious. This has been in the news any number of times, so it's not really news any more. If it won't qualify as a 200 word news article, making a whole book out of this topic produces boring results.

That said, the author describes some of the experiences inside the Biosphere, where the restricted diet reflected a need for the crew to produce all their own food with limited farm equipment. Not only were their diets restricted, they also had a restricted pantry of ingredients to choose from.

So the menus in the back of this book reflect some ingenuity in making healthy and interesting menus. The dishes described here contain lots of vegetables, and the sauces are mostly made without a lot of oils. The selections still seem to be delicious, based on extensive uses of lemon and herbs. The result is a decent collection of recipes, with dozens of worthwhile ideas for those of us constantly in search of new vegetable intensive dishes, not necessarily completely vegetarian.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2013
This contains a lot of the same information as the other books written for this type of plan. Never hurts to see it again...but not what I was hoping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
It has been scientifically proven that mice that reduce their caloric intake by 25% increases their life span. Scientists have shown that this carries over to humans when they restrict their calories. This book along with Healthy Living (Fit to 100: Secrets to Health and Longevity) are good books that help in showing what steps you need to take now in order to live a long and healthy life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
Everyone should read books that help them enjoy life. You will still die someday, but your quality of life will be much better if you follow practical advice.
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