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Lower Calories, Lose Weight

There has been a "movement" of sorts in the works for some years now called "Calorie Restriction". Human studies have been and continue to be done to assess whether or not reducing your calorie intake by 25 to 30 percent will help improve your level of physical fitness.

For example, a calculator used by the Mayo Clinic says an active man of 6 feet, 200 pounds, needs about 2,900 calories a day to maintain his weight. For a 25 percent reduction in calories, he'd go to 2,175 per day. An active woman, 5 feet 5 inches, 140 pounds, needs 2,050 calories a day to maintain her weight. She'd drop to about 1,550 calories.

One of the larger studies is called CALERIE, which stands for Comprehensive Assessment of the Long Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy. Early test results show the participants had virtually no risks of cardiovascular disease or cancer even though their medical records said they were less healthy when they started the program.

What also intrigued researchers were claims that practitioners would live 20 to 30 percent longer and in better health. According to the National Institutes of Health, it has also been determined that calorie restriction does change some of the markers we associate with aging. The theory is that when calorie restriction is practiced, the metabolism goes into slow motion, and the slower metabolism means slower aging.

For more in depth information, visit CRSociety.org. But first, enjoy the low calorie recipes below!

Measurement Conversions

See also:

  1. Low Calorie Recipes Section Two
  2. "Low Calorie Sweeteners: Their Role in Healthful Eating", (.pdf) Courtesy of the International Food Information Council Foundation