When it comes to living longer, scientists are discovering that less is more. By following Calorie Restriction, a revolutionary diet that provides the body with fewer calories than is traditionally required, people are getting dramatic benefits. Now, with The CR Way, you too can slow the aging process; protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes; and increase your energy and mental capabilities. And, if needed, you’ll lose weight and keep it off.
Paul McGlothin and Meredith Averill, leaders of the Calorie Restriction Society, provide quick and easy menus and recipes so delicious that you will wonder why you ever wanted to eat more than you need. And for those who want some of the benefits without sacrificing all the calories, the authors will show you how to plan a diet that works for you. Groundbreaking and controversial, The CR Way is your key to a happier, healthier life.
About the Author
Paul McGlothin and Meredith Averill have practiced Calorie Restriction for fourteen years: their health status is “extraordinary.” They’ve been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20/20, The CW, and CBS News, as well as in New York magazine, Fortune, and other publications. They live in the New York City area.
As any other human I am scared of death (but sometimes I forget like many other people that this is the end for all of us). The only proven way of postponing the end is CR. So about 10 years ago I started reading about CR. It was interesting stuff but could never get to try it . And when you’re 20 death is still a concept from movies … not something you see happening to you. 10 years later and some more life experience (medical problems of my self and relatives) changed that view . To me it is extremely difficult though the way the authors present doing CR makes sense. What I learned from this book : The data we have suggests CR is effective if not at prolonging life(We still have to wait until serious CR practitioners reach serious old age before saying for sure.) at least at keeping us safe from cancer, heart disease,diabetes and other diseases. Meditative eating as presented in the book is something that I did years ago (without reading anywhere about it) and it helps a lot if you want to eat less and still feel full. The part about BDNF and improving our brain function is particularly interesting and counter-intuitive. Are we making ourselves dumb by eating too much ? Would never have considered that effect but it is consistent with other material on BDNF I read about. Embracing and controlling hunger as an ally is again counterintuitive but the Zen of living on the edge of hunger is quite fascinating. Preventing cancer is also consistent with other books(and articles) I read. CR has indeed a lot of science to back it up. The intellectual message is good but the typical life for me made it impossible to follow it (if I were retired I would really try to stick religiously to it). Now the drawbacks (practical side) : Food is a refuge for so many of us and in many cases it feels like our only friend. It is quite what happens to me when things get stressful. I ate a lot of unhealthy food before AND after reading the book knowing fully well the bad effects this will do to my body due to stress 🙂 and weird enough knowing what I read in the book added to the stress ( Normally I am able to stay at 1500 calories/day on a calm/non working day but stress usually leads me to get to 3000 calories /day). Now I no longer look at some food (sweets in particular) like a necessity but like a avid smoker looks at cigars : addiction that kills . For now I am just bordering on obesity but I know for sure it is a psychological battle more than anything else. So the best thing to do before starting reading this book and practising the advice is to be very balanced from a emotional standpoint. Paul has a youtube video (a talk on CR) where they advise people how to proceed with CR: Basically you have to be happy to start CR(endorphins,meditation,serotonin and some other small steps are demoed). Socially it will be awkward to not eat after 13.00 (but you may not follow exactly this idea) or refuse engaging in binge eating with others (at work/home). Also giving up on coffee and green tea is very hard for some people (especially for me 4 cups /day programmer). Although BDNF really helps to keep you awake and makes up for the perceived loss of alertness. So a more moderate approach might be good for starters. Only 2 times in 3 months was I able to achieve fasting for 18-24 hours and that was always on weekend . The authors suggest basically combining CR with intermittent fasting on a daily basis. This approach is very hardcore ( I am still struggling to become a vegan and give up on cheese) for most 9-5 (+ overtime) working people. Of course your mileage might vary some people have perfect control of their cravings. On the other hand the payoffs might be huge and NOT in the long run so trying the book and practices is a good idea. Imagine that somehow in the next 50 years a cure for aging is found and it takes another 10 to make it available to everyone. By practising CR you might (just barely) get the treatment if you are 20s now. 7-10 years CR might extend your lifespan might be all you need. Even if CR is not that effective and the science will not save us from death the other benefits are real and worth it. I like to think about this book like investing for retirement.Starting early is good but nothing beats starting now ! Wish me luck !
I have a dietetics background, so I’m very picky about diet/nutrition books. I felt this book had good, solid information about calorie restriction and how to live that lifestyle in a healthy way. They list plenty of resources to both check out the research as well as resources to assist your own process of living CR. While the authors clearly take CR to a level most people wouldn’t be able to sustain, they give options for applying elements of CR to an individual’s needs. The only drawback, I felt, was that the menu plans are pretty complicated and they could have included some more simple menus.
This is a life changing book. I did CR for three weeks and the results were beyond my expectations. My body, the vision in my eyes and my skin changed forever. I stopped doing CR but the change in eating habits stayed with me. I am just getting back into CR again because the way I felt while doing it was just too good to dismiss.
- Title: The CR Way: Using the Secrets of Calorie Restriction for a Longer, Healthier Life
- Autor: Paul McGlothin
- Publisher (Publication Date): William Morrow Paperbacks (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 0061370983
- ISBN-13: | 978-0061370984
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