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Eat, Fast, and Live Longer

It’s been many years since I’ve been calorie restricted, though several habits, such as using my kitchen scale to weight portions and using software to track calories and nutrition, remain. When I gave it up after several years of practice, it wasn’t that I’d lost faith in its health and potential longevity benefits, rather my willpower had failed one too many times, and I eventually just let it go.

The following documentary reminded me why I got into CRON (calorie restriction with optimal nutrition) in the first place; I was gifted the book Beyond the 120 Year Diet one Christmas (2000?) and found the science compelling.

Unfortunately Eat, Fast and Live Longer with Michael Mosley is no longer available online, so I’ve had to replace it with his appearance on Good Morning America.

This program also reminded me that daily restriction isn’t the only means of reducing calorie intake that has shown promise. There are also various intermittent fasting regimens, including EOD (every other day) and the one ultimately chosen by Michael Mosley, the 5-2 plan, that seem imminently more doable, especially as it pertains to social engagements.

So it is that, at least for a month or so, I’ll be giving the 5-2 diet a shot to decide if it’s right for me on a longer term basis. Today is my first limit day (one of the two non-consecutive days each week during which women are to consume only 500 calories and men 600 as a single meal). So far, I’ve only had a couple cups of coffee and lunch will be today’s meal. Friday will probably be the 2nd day this week, but we’ll see.. the flexibility is, after all, one of the draws to the program.

Further Reading

The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting
Michael Mosley’s book on the 5-2 plan wherein he covers the studies, his experiences, and tips on making it a lifestyle. Recipes in this & the next book are not vegan.

The Alternate-Day Diet: Turn on Your \ The Alternate-Day Diet: Turn on Your “Skinny Gene,” Shed the Pounds, and Live a Longer and Healthier Life
Written by a couple medical doctors, this book presents a lot of the science behind every other day fasting. The “skinny gene” to which they refer is SIRT1.

Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease
Before Eat To Live, Dr. Fuhrman wrote this book about prolonged fasting as a way of healing and recovering from various diseases and conditions.

Eat For Health Eat For Health
Dr. Joel Fuhrman coined the term nutritarian to describe a person who seeks to get the most micronutrient bang for their caloric buck (Health = Nutrients/Calories). Also known as Volumetrics, this really is the key to staving off hunger while keeping calories low.

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