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How Much Calorie Restriction Is Enough to Slow Brain Aging?

Unless you plan on becoming a long distance runner, or something similar, exercising is never going to be as beneficial to your brain and body as restricting the number of calories you consume! Read More

Interesting article, but...

...I do have one complaint.

The comparisons you used in the fourth paragraph were poorly chosen. A person who eats only 2000 calories a day is unlikely to eat a whole cup of almonds or a 100 grams of chocolate in one day. You make it sound as though that person would only be giving up luxuries to follow a calorie restricted diet.

For a person who eats 2000 calories a day spread out over three meals and two very small snacks, that person would actually be giving up the equivalent of an entire meal.

giving up an entire meal

Your point is well taken; I was trying to find 600 calorie examples and that one came to mind. Your conclusion actually sums up my approach to CR: I skip dinner every day.

Brain shrinkage ...

Recent study showed that diet which is containing 3 fatty acids (found mainly in fish) can stop brain shrinking.

The positive effects of vitamin B, C, D and E with harmful effects of trans fats (which are common in processed foods, including cakes, biscuits and fried foods) about brain shrinkage typical of Alzheimer's emphasized in this work.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16344228

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Murat
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Food for Fuel

Interesting. I wonder if the effect would be the same if we created the 600 calorie deficit by both a food intake reduction (of lesser proportions) AND pyshical activity. I don't want to be a thin, flabby unfit person, but rather a thin, physically fit person. And, I really like those endorphins that kick in with a good cardio. I would be concerned that the strictly reduced calorie scenario would leave a person without enough energy to go for a walk or jog on a gorgeous afternoon, for instance. Is the slowing of cognitive decline a worthy trade off to being otherwise physically fit?

Exercise vs diet restriction

You have absolutely nailed the basic dilemma. We know that taking in calories ages us, however, does that doom us to total inactivity? Thus, we must all find the compromise position, i.e. just enough exercise to keep us as fit as we wish but not so much that we age too quickly. No one wants to be so weak that they cannot enjoy life, particularly the long life and better health provided by CR.

Exercise vs diet restriction

You have absolutely nailed the basic dilemma. We know that taking in calories ages us, however, does that doom us to total inactivity? Thus, we must all find the compromise position, i.e. just enough exercise to keep us as fit as we wish but not so much that we age too quickly. No one wants to be so weak that they cannot enjoy life, particularly the long life and better health provided by CR.

The most important factors for brain health

The most important factors for brain health are regular mental and physical exercise and natural nutrition according to the current studies. Dietary restrictions excepts for trans fats are not among the first recommendations.

Greetings

Murat
www.saglikhaber.info

What about fasting one day a

What about fasting one day a week?

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Gary L. Wenk, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience & Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State University.

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