A simpler solution might be to come up with some kind of indigestible dietary filler, similar to insoluble fiber but tastier and more versatile. Then people could eat as much as they want, feel sated and still restrict their caloric intake. Taking drugs on a regular or daily basis is not a good idea and you\'ll never get most people to starve themselves even in the name of longer life. A longer but less pleasant life holds little allure.
Dan K
It seems like the old saying \"burn twice as bright but half as long\" is true... It really makes since that when your metabolism is running higher that your body is internally burning the candle at both ends, and that having a too-low caloric intake would cause your body to respond by lowering your metabolism.
I wonder if a once a week fast would have the same benefit, or if the caloric restriction must be spread throughout each daily meal?
I know Resveratrol can have some age-extending benefit of mice fed a high calorie diet, so an intake of that would also have some synergistic effect perhaps?
Junaid Khan
So in other words, the practice of fasting as followed by Muslims is surely helpful and scientifically proved. Also the Prophet Muhammad teaching of stop eating when the stomach is half full also makes a lot of sense. What do you guys says on this?
rob M.
Junaid, ascetics have restricted diets long before Muhammad appeared on this earth. That includes the teaching of the Buddha, 1200 years prior to Muhammad, and Gautama Buddha wasn\'t even a prophet, just an ordinary man.
On another note, research is showing that all animals have a propensity to over eat when food is plenty and only developed the genetic capacity from our evolutionary past to deal with starvation brought on by environmental conditions. Most dogs will over eat to the point of killing themselves, but we humans supposedly have a brain to turn that tendency off. Well, some of us humans at least have that capacity.
Facebook User
Perhaps all the adulterated fillers of modern cuisine should be done away with...sugar, corn-syrup,simple starches, etc. These certainly add empty calories to an already overburdened diet, increasing oxidative burn.
Gruph Norgle
So in summary: \"Don\'t eat more than your body needs\".
Brina Snyder
Before we begin discussing artificial means of triggering this type of response (such as popping a pill that often has additional negative side effects), I would be curious to know to what extent the reasearchers advise restricting your diet. Is this an extreme restriction or simply a restriction down to what should be a healthy caloric intake anyway? And how does this correlate with the data that suggests that a person who starves themselves actually triggers the increased storage of calories as fat to prevent starvation? It boils down again to the rate of restriction they are discussing, which isn\'t mentioned anywhere.
On a dietary note, any calorie consumed in any form (protein, fat, or carbohydrate) in excess of your daily energy needs is an \"empty\" wasted calorie that you either need to increase your activity level in order to burn OR choose to store as fat. So labeling starches as \"empty\" is misleading and only leads to unhealthy extremist eating habits.
Foster Brooks
You want to keep your calories low, obviously to keep from being fat and developing metabolic disease symptoms- diabetes, etc. If you keep your sugars low, then you have low or no insulin produciton, and that giant hormone probably interferes with all of your other hormones and causes havoc. Seriously, you can\'t cut back on your food intake?
This research is fairly old except the actual metabolic process involved. Is it research funded by the fast food industry? Perhaps seeding the food of all the porkers is the only way to get them to slow down their girth growth. But that solution cuts both ways. The higher mortality of porkers reduces stress on the social security system. But their higher morbidity increases the cost of medical care astronomically. It is probably cheaper to put them on the diet, knowingly or not. My observation is that they will eat around any caloric restriction since they actually want to be fat- it is their only projection of power they can muster. This would actually lead to them eating more fast food, increasing fast food profits and creating more environmental stress.