by A. Grano on December 22nd, 2011 at 7:00 am
Could living longer be as simple as eating less? While the conclusion is pretty straightforward, the findings from of a team of scientists at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden were quite complex, involving the effect of caloric intake on metabolic processes. The researchers found that consumption of fewer calories could be linked to slowing the onset of age-related diseases, as caloric restriction prevented a particular enzyme from being inactivated. This enzyme, peroxiredoxin, says study author Mikael Molin of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, “is extremely important in counteracting damage to our genetic material.”
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or not, almost anyone can agree the potential benefit of living longer is a great plus to cutting a few calories! However, this isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Here’s a few helpful hints to trim your daily intake and support anti-aging without going hungry.
- Check out your portions. Most restaurants serve almost double the recommended serving size of a dish, so ask to wrap up half your plate before you begin eating. You likely won’t miss it!
- Eat more slowly. Studies show that people who eat faster weigh more than those who chew more slowly and pause between bites. Drinking a full glass of water before each meal can also help curb calories.
- Cut out the alcohol. Full of empty calories, this may not be the most desirable part of your diet to cut, but likely the healthiest. If you do indulge, make it a once-a-week treat, not a daily event.
- Eat less processed foods. More natural foods tend to fill you up better, as they often contain more fiber and healthier fats. Instead of potato chips, go for carrots and a Greek yogurt spread. You’ll get the crunch and satiating tasty zing without the trans fats.
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