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Short Yet Substantive, and Somewhat Outdated
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motivating and forward-thinking; unfortunately, however, many important elements of a CR diet are not discussed or are outdated, presumably due to the age of this book.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.