Anti aging guide

Human Diet for Anti-Aging



The aim of a dietary restriction regime is to have menus containing a reduced amount of calories as well as an assortment of antioxidant supplements, vitamins and other anti-aging factors. It is ‘under-nutrition without malnutrition’.

The weight loss should be gradual and not abrupt. However, if you wish to start such a regime, it is important to consult a doctor first and to receive guidance from qualified nutritionists. This diet is not suitable for pregnant women or those who are breast-feeding. What can go wrong with calorie restriction diets includes:

  • Hunger pangs
  • Impaired fertility
  • Long-term danger of osteoporosis
  • A reduced ability to react to stress, injury or infection

People who support dietary restriction say that at least 50 per cent of the calories should come from starchy food. This kind of food contains fibre with some vitamins but, more importantly, almost no fat. Starchy food is very filling and generally nutritious without providing too many calories. High starch foods are bread, cereals, baked potatoes, pitta bread, rice and pasta.

Fluids are also important. We need to drink at least two litres of fluid every day, mainly water. This helps to eliminate the toxic metabolic waste, helps improve kidney function and also helps reduce the appetite in people who feel very hungry.

Dietary restriction supporters use the following way to calculate their calorie requirements:

  • First they find what is called their ‘set point’. This is what their ideal weight was when they were 25 years old.
  • Then, they try to adjust their weight to 10 per cent below their ‘set point’. The degree of weight loss should be approximately 230g (8oz) every month.
  • When they reach a body weight which is 10 per cent lower than their set point, they try to maintain it by adjusting the calories in their diet.

On the other hand, people who enjoy eating usually can’t see the point of living a life of constant restriction in order to gain a few extra years. It would certainly be ideal to discover how dietary restriction works and then use suitable tablets or other easy procedures to achieve the same result, instead of having to go through a lifetime of limitation.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm