The CR Way: Using the Secrets of Calorie Restriction for a Longer, Healthier Life is written by Paul McGlothin and Meredith Averill who have practiced Calorie Restriction for over fifteen years and are the leaders of the Calorie Restriction Society.
It is based on the scientifically supported concept that by restricting calorie intake while maintaining optimal nutrition we can extend our lifespan and avoid the diseases commonly associated with aging such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
The general concept of this dietary approach is to cut back on calorie intake by about 20% of your normal requirements. The authors say that this will enhance longevity as well as result in improved health outcomes.
In order to make this easier you will concentrate on foods that are high in fiber and have a low glycemic index such as green vegetables, whole grains and fruits. These foods have a high volume and nutrient density in relation to their calories so they help you feel satisfied more easily.
The authors emphasize that calorie restriction is not the same as semi-starvation because it concentrates on giving the body the nutrients that it needs. The goal is to nourish your body as close to optimal as possible using foods that are delicious, whereas in contrast, semi starvation involves deprivation.
While most other books on longevity diets are often very scientific or technical, this is a practical guide that will outline a clear program for you to follow. The The CR Way includes a meal plan as well as a selection of low calorie, nutrient-dense recipes.
Salmon, lentils, beans, cabbage, broccoli, collards, spinach, sweet potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, walnuts, olive oil, quinoa, sprouted bread.
Peppers and onions tease
Mung beans with olive oil and lemon juice
Curried lima beans
This Calorie restriction diet promotes regular, moderate aerobic exercise for its benefits for heart health. Muscle strengthening and weight bearing exercises should also be performed at least twice a week to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Intense exercise is discouraged because when combined with calorie restriction this can place extra stress on the immune system.
The CR Way will appeal to readers who are interested in learning more about how to enhance longevity by making dietary adjustments. This book can help to answer common questions and concerns about calorie restriction and provides clear guidelines that will assist you to follow this program as a long-term lifestyle.