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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Brian Delaney, president and director of the Calorie Restriction (CR) Society International and the co-author of the book The Longevity Diet, talks about calorie restriction as a means to a longer life. 

What would you give up to live to 100? Would you severely restrict your calorie intake? Let us know!

Comments [18]


My grandfather is a successful example of improved longevity when he switched to a low-fat, low-calorie diet 30 years ago. After a heart attack, he drastically changed his diet. It's true that he hasn't been able to eat former tasty favorites, but he certainly hasn't starved and the results have been worthwhile. Our family has been very fortunate to have him with us - he is now 91 years old, a full 20+ years beyond what he expected to live 30 years ago.

Aug. 12 2010 03:41 PM
Eugenia Renskoff from Brooklyn

Hi, Brian,. Not every single person wants to live to a very old age. They would have to have a comfortable income to pay their bills and be happy people. Otherwise, I don't think it is a good idea. But I have seen heavily overweight people walking around and that is definitely not healthy. Many young women don't seem to care how they look or how their weight problems affect their kids. Eugenia Renskoff

Aug. 12 2010 02:10 PM
john molloy from manhattan

im confused, i thought he said that we are advised by the power that be to eat 2000 calories a day (i know most eat more), but he eats 1950. so why are they numbers so similar?

Aug. 12 2010 12:27 PM

And now for some thoughts on extruded grain used in most breakfast cereals (not grape nuts, I understand)

Aug. 12 2010 12:05 PM
john molloy

im confused, i thought he said that we are advised by the power that be to eat 2000 calories a day (i know most eat more), but he eats 1950. so why are they numbers so similar?

Aug. 12 2010 12:01 PM

I agree with the other posts objecting to this guest's claims. To add insult to injury, this guest does not appear to have the scientific or medical training to make the claims he wants to make, and to me he sounds nervous about that lack of grounding. A "background check" confirmed the lack of credentials, either scientific or social-scientific (he tries to support his point with a lot of epidemiological studies).

Aug. 12 2010 12:00 PM
Amy from Manhattan

It's not that a species that couldn't survive a famine would die out, it's more that individuals within each species who couldn't would die out, & that's how the species as a whole would *keep* from dying out.

And to Dodo: then eat less & chew it longer!

Aug. 12 2010 11:59 AM

Look at this science re: soy:

Aug. 12 2010 11:57 AM
The Truth from Becky

Yes I would. I pretty much exist that way now. Takes self control and will power, if you don't have either you will fail.

Aug. 12 2010 11:57 AM

I'll settle for living till 90.
Chemicals That Make You Fat
Stephen Perrine, author of "The New American Diet," spoke to Harry Smith about chemicals found in common foods called "obesogens" and how they play a role in the American obesity crisis.

Aug. 12 2010 11:56 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Is there a higher risk of osteoporosis (more common in thin people) in people who follow this type of diet?

Aug. 12 2010 11:55 AM
jay from Norwalk

what about protein needs? this would not work for someone who works out. I cycle 70+ miles a week and I am always hungry. I need the calories to rides this much. How could this diet work for me.

Aug. 12 2010 11:55 AM
Jenny from Manhattan

if someone on this diet becomes subject to a food shortage, wouldn't they be the first to die?

Is there an alternative to such a low-cal diet?

Aug. 12 2010 11:49 AM
Sandra from Bronx, NY

Anyone who wants to see the future now, come with me to my Dad's nursing home where there are many, many residents well into their 90's. He is 87 and has eaten healthily but WELL his entire life. No matter, he and the others suffer the inevitable ravages of age. Missing TEETH is the main one, and most CANNOT enjoy the foods of their youth any longer. Liquor is forbidden and crunchy anything is impossible. Eat now, eat well, eat what you ENJOY! Savor that glass of red wine with gorgonzola cheese on a hard cracker while you STILL can! (my Dad's favorite!) Bon Appetit!
: )

Aug. 12 2010 11:26 AM
Dodo from NYC

What if you really, really enjoy chewing?

Or if you really enjoy the act of eating, dining out, the fun of trying new types of food as a way of understanding a culture, socializing and sharing food with others?

What about the quality of life at 90, 95, 98, 101?

Americans are weird. For crying out loud, can't you just enjoy life NOW and EAT NOW?!

Aug. 12 2010 11:22 AM

What I have learned since Lent of this year is this: by eating a balanced diet between the hours of 4 am and noon, I can maintain healthy energy, and not feel starved. I have lost 15 pounds since February. Sometimes I stray a bit into the afternoon or early evening, but then only a bite or so. Of course, I always awaken early!
-Manhattan Di

Aug. 12 2010 11:15 AM

but is "living" as a scrawny runt really count?

Aug. 12 2010 10:46 AM
a g from n j

calorie restriction does not mean going hungry or being nutrient deficient. again,this is another one of those partially,"digested" notions that does not get stated in the full and proper context needed to make sense. ex. a water fast,is a completely arcahic concept,that should be abandoned[religious exigencies aside] fresh juice fasting along with the nutritional supplements,[that certain media love to 'dis] are the best way to do this. there are great high caloric nutrient rich foods. in the proper amount and proportion,these actually help stimulate the immune system and metabolism. please let us not create another dietary fetish cult. perspective and proportionality please!

Aug. 12 2010 10:18 AM

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