Decrease calorie intake by just 10% to increase life span – study shows!

Calories have always been a word of talk when concerned about health, life and healthy living. This time it is about the diseases and the life expectancy which comes with reduced calorie intake.

Scientists are of the view that reducing calorie intake by just 10% can decrease your risk of diseases and increase your life expectancy. The fact was revealed with a comprehensive study which was done on the groups of monkeys.

The results of the study proved that:

  • Cutting down calorie intake tends to reduce the risk of premature death
  • The monkeys who were put to the study had shown that a restricted diet could make them 2.9 times less likely to catch diseases
  • the probability to die young reduces by almost 3 times

Cutting down the calorie intake is proven to make people live longer and healthier. It can also aid in reducing the risk of premature death.

The scientists have spent 25 years of their life in studying the impacts of low calorie intake on the ageing of monkeys at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

A group of monkeys were put to a restricted diet where the calorie intake was reduced by 30%. The research revealed that the monkeys showed lesser chance of dying early and has lesser age related diseases. The research also proved that the monkeys were healthier and more active.

Furthermore, the monkeys put to calorie restricted diet were compared to a group of monkeys who were allowed to eat as much as they want. And the result explained that the monkeys who were allowed to eat as much as they wanted had 2.9 times more risk of catching diseases with also three times higher risk of dying early.

There had been many researches to further enhance the study and find the complete outcome of the calorie reduced diets. It revealed that when rodents and flies were put to calorie restricted diets of almost 30% reduction it affected their life expectancy and extends their life span by almost 40%.

A further research on calorie restriction

Took place in which the monkeys were fed on the diet charts which was designed by the National Academy of Science and had slightly increased calorie intake from the last researches. The impact proves that almost 10% reduction in calories is enough to achieve the desired increase in lifespan compared to the 30% reduction in calories.

This has also led to a lot of drugs manufacturing companies to find formulas and ways of developing drugs which reduces the calorie intake in the body and thus helps in increasing the life span and slowing the ageing process. Although the study did not improve the survival rates in monkeys, the probability of legalizing the drugs has held the matter to significance.

The researchers urge people to not reduce the calorie intake below the recommended levels as further research shall take place on varied aspects and effects of the diet. As the human body does need calories to carry out the daily task, cutting down calories to adverse levels shall affect their lifestyle, make them inactive as well as some people may fall sick too.

But with people there can always be a benefit in reducing the number of calories in the diet. A complete full stop will put the body into emergency storage mode which will end up storing more fat and making the body unhealthy. So it is important to consume calories but reducing it slightly will increase the life span and health.

Thus when you are on calorie reduced diets for losing weight or making positive changes in your life, you are not just improving your health but also increasing your life span!

Low-calorie and low-carb diets could help you live longer!

An unhealthy life is often associated with larger calorie intakes, eating junk food, no exercise and sleeping for long hours and this time there is a fully researched and complete understanding!

Calories are the reason for faltered lifestyle, improper body and mostly the longevity. But most importantly calories make your age faster which explains more junks more wrinkles!

Scientists are of the view that calorie reduced diets are the ideal way of promoting health and slowing down the ageing process. As calorie reduced diets are known to affect the activity levels of almost 900 different genes, it helps in promoting health to the genes which are linked to the memory formation of the brain and also the ageing process.

Calorie reduced diets are also linked with reduced risk of heart diseases and lung problems. But for the first time there has been an understanding that reduction in calorie can affect genes which work on the memory and ageing process of a person.

Dietary restrictions have since long been associated with better health and reducing weight. The including of healthier food items like fruits and vegetables while cutting off the junk food has worked in triggering the body’s health. People following diets which have the restricted play of calories and carbs tend to have a much fitter and healthier body.

This is the reason that most weight loss programs have low carb diet and reduced calorie intakes designed for the people who want to lose weight.  But the linking of reduced calorie diet with the genes in the body and effect of it in slowing the ageing process of the body has been done for the first time.

This does not in any way mean that restricting calories will keep you youthful all your life. The study makes clarification that lesser number of calories slows the ageing process, but ageing shall happen nevertheless.

The benefit of reduced calorie diet is that it reduces the risk of heart diseases, stroke, stress, high blood pressure and also keeping your weight in check. But the impact on the memory and ageing is known for the first time.

To prove this a test was carried on the female mice by Dr. Ginsberg, associate professor at NYU Langone. A female mouse unlike the male mouse is more prone to dementia and proves more significant to study in relation with humans. And thus these female mice were fed pellets which had 30% less calories as compared to the normal pellets. Test of the gene expression over time were done on the mice to understand the impacts of the diet. And continued attention was given on their behavior and any health changes that arise.

The result of the test was presented in the annual meeting of Society of Neuroscience at Washington DC. It said that calorie reduced diet affects huge number of genes in the female mice body which has an impact on memory and ageing. Though this study could not clear that the human body would reiterate the same and would be beneficial for long term too. As restricting humans to long term calorie reduced diet is tough, the study shall take time to work.

Although the study revealed that control on calories and carbs in a diet is healthier for your lifestyle, health and also slows down the ageing process. The scientists also suggest that drinking moderately, not smoking, keeping a healthy diet and maintain weight at all ages is going to have a positive impact on health and reduced ageing.

And so try making the change today no matter if you are 25 years old or 70, decrease in calorie makes an increase in the life span.