Low Calorie Diet May Increase Life Expectancy According To New Study

For some time now, the only known means of increasing life expectancy was thought to be a relatively low calorie diet…in other words if you ate like a pig then chances are you will die sooner, no matter the quality of the calories! Ultra- low calorie diets were considered the best way to prolong life expectancy although studies were only in worms and mice…until recently.

Interestingly the same findings were found in primates too, and this is somewhat exciting. The studies reported in Nature Communications found that monkeys benefited from a low calorie diet. HOWEVER, and this is a big however, the researchers advise not to go ahead and commit to a low calorie diet, especially without the input of a Dietitian. Low calorie diets increase the risk of nutrient deficiencies if not compiled properly. Calorie restriction was seen to increase life expectancy in primates over a period of decades.

Should you opt for a low calorie diet…not necessarily, the research is still very much in its infancy, however things are becoming interesting.

Dr Emma Williams of the British Nutrition Foundation suggested perhaps Benjamin Franklin was right when he said:

“To lengthen thy life lessen thy meals”


News Health, (2104). Dieting Monkeys Offer Hope For Long Life. Retrieved 4th April, 2014, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26837211


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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