Calorie Restriction Improves Health
Calorie restriction improves health whether you are obese, overweight or you maintain a normal weight. There is a lot of evidence that supports calorie restriction and how it reduces the risk of many chronic health conditions to include type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Studies showed that people 50 years old and younger who were overweight or who had normal weight could all benefit from cutting just 300 calories from their diets per day. Those who had healthy levels of cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure all saw benefits with this calorie-restricted diet.
Researchers determined that the earlier a person starts restricting calories, the greater its effects on life span and health. Maintaining a 25% calorie reduction has many health benefits to include:
- A decrease in total cholesterol and LDL which is the bad cholesterol.
- Improved insulin sensitivity which reduces risk of type 2 diabetes.
- A 24% drop in triglycerides.
- Reduction in blood pressure.
- Significant reduction in the metabolic syndrome score, which factors in waist size, systolic blood pressure, HDL levels, triglycerides, and blood glucose levels.
- Reduction in chronic inflammation which has been linked to cancer, heart disease, and cognitive decline.
These results show that a reduction in calories could greatly reduce diabetes and heart disease which is a huge problem for millions of Americans. Calorie restriction has shown to be more beneficial than any medications used to treat these diseases.
Calorie restriction even if followed for a period of six months “resets the baseline” or postpones how long it will take for people to develop a potentially life-ending disease. This means a person can postpone getting diabetes or heart disease for 5 or more years.
Cutting 300 calories may sound like a lot but it’s not. An easy way to cut the calories is by not eating anything after dinner. Snacking at night is common and people can consume up to 500 calories while they are relaxing or watching Netflix.
Calorie restriction improves health and if you combine this practice with moderate exercise, you can lose weight and lower your risk of heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes. Calorie restriction is like the fountain of youth!