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The Longevity Diet: Discover Calorie Restriction-the Only Proven Way to Slow the Aging Process and Maintain Peak Vitality Paperback – Bargain Price, June 3, 2005
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“Everyone wants to live longer. The Longevity Diet teaches you how…[It] gives specific nutritional facts and data that everyone should know.”
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“Provide[s] realistic guidance to people who want to restrict calorie intake…The recipes for such dishes as Veggies Primavera, Spaghetti Squash with Garlic Sauce, and Sweet Potato Fries are almost worth the price of the book.”
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"Beyond Atkins, beyond South Beach, a low-calorie plan promises not only to slim waists, but to slow aging."
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“Addresses how diet can ward off health problems, delay the aging process, and extend life expectancy…For anyone interested in this subject, there is sure to be something of value to be found in this book.”
“Yes, this is another diet book. But it is unique in that, rather than spell out what you can and can’t eat, this book focuses on the amount to be eaten…An easy-to-read book.”
“An educational and valuable read.”
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Brian Delaney is the president of the Calorie Restriction Society and lives in Jupiter, Florida.
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The second half is made of examples of what people eating this way actually eat, minuciously explained, with their testimonials on how things are going. It ends with a list of great nutrient dense recipes. Solid information for people starting out living this way.
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From their experience, improvements in health and slower aging come from any regimen that includes reduced calories over what is considered a normal level. So you can eat some high-glycemic food such as rice or potatoes, or eat a really healthy diet where all of your carbohydrates come from vegetables and fruit. You can eat one meal a day, or graze throughout the day. All of the apparent benefits will result as long as you eat enough less than normal.
There are a number of ways to track progress: watch your weight and when it gets to a BMI of 15-16 then eat enough to keep it there; track total calories relative to normal for your body height/frame; or track health markers such as fasting blood sugar, liver function, lipids (e.g. cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides), blood pressure, and immune system function.
They emphasize repeatedly that you should talk to your doctor or health professional before going on this regimen, and that it is not for everyone. If you are pregnant or want to get pregnant or have certain medical conditions you should definitely NOT use this diet. If you have a lot of weight to lose to get to a low BMI, or if you are over 60, you should definitely take it slow and not make too radical a change.
They make a number of key points:
* Because you are eating a reduced-calorie diet, you have to make sure that you get enough nutrients: protein, fat, calories, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.
* This is why most practitioners eat all of their carbohydrates in the form of vegetables and fruit, because they have very high nutrition value per calorie. When you eat a lot of calories from starch (bread, potatoes, white rice, other starches) it is very hard to reduce your calorie intake enough and still get enough nutrition.
* If you adopt this regimen, you have to find a way to do it that works for you and lets you enjoy life. Don't stress out about it
* Exercise and managing stress are important for everyone
I really liked their idea of "energy density" and "nutrition density" for food. For example, cheese has high energy density; vegetables have high nutrition density. To feel fuller and to get enough nutrition, you want a lot of your calories to come from high-nutrition, low-energy-density foods. This is a good point for everyone, not just when you are on a calorie restriction diet.
I had a couple of issues with their advice:
* they do not recommend using omega-3 supplements, suggesting that you will get enough omega-3 from a high-nutrient diet. I don't think this is the case, to get enough omega-3 for optimal brain function you almost have to supplement, or eat very expensive grass-fed meat, grass-fed dairy, etc, or eat very large amounts of fish.
* they mention fasting as an alternative for reducing total calories, that this is easier for some people. However, this book was written before research came out that suggests fasting is not healthy on a regular basis.
* they are convinced that calorie restriction will increase maximum human lifetimes, but I don't think that we know or can say at this point. (It is clear that calorie restriction with good nutrition does increase your life expectancy, but not that you should expect to live past 100 on this regimen.)
There is some research that suggests that the important thing is not the reduced calories, but the hormones that are released when you are hungry. So I think I'm going to try skipping lunch and snacks, having a normal breakfast and dinner, and eating enough at those meals to feel full. I'll continue to track my weight and ongoing blood sugar levels, and see what the effect is
Fascinating stuff, and I recommend the book.