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Beyond the 120 Year Diet: How to Double Your Vital Years Paperback – August 8, 2000
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Dr. Walford reiterates the findings of his campaign in Biosphere II and how the workers there who had to cope with dietary restriction experienced healthful changes in their blood cholestrol, blood pressure and other functions which indicated that they were undergoing aging rate retardation. Dr. Walford also discusses hot topics such as tofu and accelerated brain aging, the uselessmess of supplments such BHT and BHA, the value of fruits and vegetables in actually rejuvenating mental function in lab animals and how moderate supplementation (NOT megadosing) has its place in a healthful lifestyle.
Rich in technical information, his book gives one a solid nutritional and medical foundation for life's long journey.
I have but one criticism; Dr. Walford correctly points out the importance of flexibility and posture in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He then cites static stretching as the key to achieving this goal. I would recommend as an adjunct to his plan Pavel Tsatsouline's "Russian Flexibility Secrets" and/or "Relax into Stretch" both of which teach specific techniques for remaining suitably flexible without the damage to ligaments and muscles that static stretching can cause.
Beyond the 120 Year Diet is that diet. While weight loss is a part of this diet, reading the book didn't leave me with the impression that weight loss is the main focus as it is in other diet books. The main focus here is health and very long life.
I have been hearing about the principles of this diet for many years and decided to check it out.
The book contains alot of scientific ideas and research to support the ideas...unfortunately, some may find the animal research a little disconcerting only because the research is primarily with animals and not people. But as with many things in life, a person has to make a choice and stick with it for whatever reason and something about this diet and this book rings true.
I think what makes this diet interesting is that when I looked at the daily menus and the recipes, I found there isn't much I would have to give up. In fact it's quite the opposite. I'm not giving up anything...I'm adding foods to my diet that I never tried before. The foods listed in the daily menus are there because of the nutrition they offer and I have gradually begun to think about eating foods primarily for their nutritional value and that's a very good thing.
I'm finding this diet very easy to understand and to stay with.
He discusses other diets and supplements, but it all comes down to whether they really slow down the aging process like a low calorie diet will (nothing else even comes close).
He doesn't really approve of Dr Atkins Diet due to the rapid weight loss (which can release large amounts of stored pesticides, toxins) and he seems to favor the more conventional low fat diet approaches. But a central point of the Atkins diet and Zone diet, and others, is to regulate the glucose/insulin level. He agrees that this is important. He favors losing weight gradually over a 6 months to 1 year.
The book appears to be very well researched and up to date on the latest studies (which he cites a lot of). This is not a dummies book but well worth the effort since no other book on the market comes close in discussing life extension in such a scientific way. You will find information here on supplements that appears no where else in popular books. He discusses the pros and cons of supplements unlike 99% of the others who only point out the good parts of supplements. In some situations the evidence is not clear and he is honest enough to tell you that.
I haven't tried the recipes he gives but that is secondary for me because given the principles and nutrional knowledge (some of which I had prior to reading the book) I can figure out my own recipes.