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Overeating will not only make you fat, it will age you

Research has proven that the only way of extending one’s life is to eat less. According to a recent study in the Journal of Proteome Research, fat cells literally change as we begin to lose weight.

Participants in the study (mostly overweight) were put on a five-week calorie restricted diet.

Researchers discovered that the proteins in the abdominal subcutaneous fat cells (those cells directly under the skin), responsible for delineating fat storage, no longer continued to store fat, “These proteins could serve as important markers for improving or tracking the effectiveness of therapies involving calorie-restricted diets,” said Edwin Mariman, one of the study researchers.

Another study, this one at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center discovered that a calorie restricted diet in non-obese people results in less oxidative cell damage, a factor directly linked to aging. The research also indicated that people who eat a calorie restricted diet might even live longer than people who overeat.

According to the Pennington study, published in Science Daily, free radicals are produced when food is converted into energy… caloric restriction slows aging by lowering free-radical production. “The researchers found that a 25% caloric deficit for six months, achieved by diet alone or by diet plus exercise, decreased 24-hour whole body energy expenditure (i.e. overall calories burned), which suggests improved [cellular] function.”

“Weight loss and good health is absolutely about calorie control – 100%.” said Elizabeth DeRobertis, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. “Any weight loss plan that works for someone, is working because they are reducing their calories. If you are cutting out carbs you are cutting out calories,” she wrote in an e-mail.

“There is a major effect of caloric restriction in increasing survival if you look at deaths due to the diseases of aging,” said Richard Weindruch, a professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin. “Restricting caloric intake while maintaining a nutritious diet will help you to live longer — and healthier.”

Digestion is the key

As fruits and vegetables are critical components of nutrient dense calorie restricted foods, you should wisely consider snacking on apples or other fruit. “Fruit is easier to digest than grains; it is basically pre-digested,” Frederic Patenaude author of the Raw Health Starter Kit, wrote on his website. “Digesting ripe fruit hardly requires any digestive enzymes, and is thus less taxing to the body,” one of the fundamental reasons why calorie restricted diets are so beneficial.

In fact, another study, published in the British Medical Journal, confirmed that eating more vegetables and fruits (and, get this, “drinking moderate amounts of alcohol”), “while NOT consuming a lot of meat” has been linked to life longevity.

  • This is true and I have noticed that when I eat bigger portions I feel old. I know it sounds silly, but I do! Also, I took your advice to wait after deciding on getting seconds. I don’t get them! Thanks Stefan!

    Rona E

    6:48 pm

  • This makes sense, more calories = more free radicals = more cellular damage = increased aging. It’s a directly proportional relationship.


    1:26 am

  • I never knew fruit was more easily digested than grains! That should help before I go into a high stress situation.

    Julie Butcher

    2:11 pm

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