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Would You Skip Meals to Live Longer?

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This interests me because I have been doing a lot of research on juicing and alternative ways people control their diet. One of the inspirations for me to become interested in this is the Talib Kweli song “Eat to Live.”

“Eat To Live” – Talib Kweli from The ICU on Vimeo.

Also, the old saying is that you are what you eat. One of the hardest things to do in life is control your eating. If it was easy you wouldn’t see so many obese and unhealthy people. Many religious and philsophical groups encourage fasting (aka calorie restriction).

However there is new research on calorie restriction it has been shown to prolong the lives of animals by as much as 40 percent, and could even protect against common age-related diseases like cancer and diabetes.

New research on so-called alternate day fasting (ADF) indicates there are cardiovascular and weight-loss benefits to eating fewer than 600 calories every other day. In fact, if you can stand doing it, you almost get free rein to eat whatever you want on your non-restricted days.

But if that’s too much for you, a modified version in which you only “fast” two days a week might work, too. A BBC reporter who tried it for five weeks lost almost 14 pounds and saw his glucose and cholesterol numbers improve — and he said sticking to the plan was remarkably easy.

All that aside, though, until extensive research is done with humans, experts suggest fasting only in a clinical setting because severe caloric restriction could be dangerous for some individuals.

So with all that being said if it is proven that controlling your eating would prolong your life. Would you be willing to eat under 600 calories to live longer?

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