Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Calorie Restriction

Calorie restriction refers to reducing calorie intake to achieve better health. Calories are a measure of the energy released when the body burns any fuel including fat, protein, carbohydrates, and alcohol. Many studies have indicated that excessive calorie intake may result in various health problems such as cancer, heart disease, aging, and obesity. One of the reason that excessive calorie intake cause those health problems is that it facilitate free radical production in the body. Free radicals are considered to be a major causative factor for cancer, heart disease, and aging. Thus proper calorie restriction is an effective way to achieve good health and longevity. According to experts, certain things need to be considered in order to have success with calorie restriction:

Eat a diet with balanced nutrition but low in calories. Balanced nutrition is very important in maintaining your overall health.
Cut calories gradually and comfortably, so you lose bodily weight very slowly. Avoid extremely low-calorie diets, which may actually harm you instead of helping you.
Eat whole foods that have the most nutrients and other healthy components for the least calories, the best of which are fruits and vegetables.
Don’t go on a restricted-calorie diet designed to postpone aging and age-related diseases before you are fully grown as it may stunt your growth.

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