A calorie restriction diet should be about more than just about weight loss. Dieters can improve their health, prevent disease, and get the best chance to extend their lives through the CR Way approach.
Many LivingTheCRWay.com members follow a diet similar to that described in this study* of elderly Okinawans who followed calorie restriction for 60 years and limited calories moderately — by eleven percent. Their average lifespan is the longest in the world while they have less heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Their quality of life is better too, staying active well into their nineties and beyond.
*Caloric restriction, the traditional Okinawan diet, and healthy aging: the diet of the world’s longest-lived people and its potential impact on morbidity and life span.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2007 Oct;1114:434-55.
Willcox BJ, Willcox DC, Todoriki H, Fujiyoshi A, Yano K, He Q, Curb JD, Suzuki M.
The CR Way Difference
The CR Way features healthy meal plans for weight loss that are nutritious, delicious, and easy to prepare. But most diets claim to do that. What makes the CR Way different?
The CR Way focuses on slowing the rate at which cells divide. Cells in many tissues in the body are constantly replicating. Scientists suggest that CR extends life by slowing the cell replication process and thus preserving the pool of irreplaceable cells (for example, see Calorie restriction promotes mammalian cell survival by inducing the SIRT1 deacetylase.Cohen HY1, Miller C, Bitterman KJ, Wall NR, Hekking B, Kessler B, Howitz KT, Gorospe M, de Cabo R, Sinclair DA. Science. 2004 Jul16;305(5682):390-2 PMID:15205477).
That’s very different from many diets that may actually increase the rate of cell replication, producing weight loss but also increasing disease risk and possibly shortening life.
But no one would stick with it if the meal plans were only about science. The CR Way makes calorie restriction fun. You can start by replacing just one unhealthful comfort food with a simple, easy-to-prepare snack like strawberries with a heart-healthy fat source like walnuts. Make it decadent if you want: Add some nonfat chocolate by mixing cocoa powder with the juice from the strawberries.
Eat this CR Way delight two or three times a week, and play some of your favorite music in the background to make your new CR Way experience especially enjoyable. You will have effortlessly started a calorie restriction diet plan. Soon the empty calories that add pounds and that enslave you with addictive tastes of salt, sugar, and fat will no longer seem attractive. You’ll love the new energetic way you feel, and people will begin to comment about how great you look. Your heart will thank you, too, with lower blood pressure and a slower pulse rate.
You will be traveling the CR Way to a happier, healthier, and longer life.
Paul McGlothin & Meredith Averill are creators of the CR Way™, a holistic, human friendly approach to living longer and better through calorie restriction. The CR Way Web site, LivingTheCRWay.com, attracts a growing following of people who are interested in life extension while fully enjoying life and great health right now.