Ok, maybe I discuss intermittent fasting (a form of calorie restriction) a bit much, but the research is rolling in that shows that this is a really good, cheap (free - less than free?) way to improve our health to a significant degree. So this article that says that even thin people can benefit from calorie restriction, just eating a bit less. Here are the results:
Specifically, "Calorie restriction caused a persistent and significant reduction from baseline to 2 years of all measured conventional cardiometabolic risk factors," write the authors. This included changes in low density lipoprotein cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Also, "calorie restriction resulted in a significant improvement at 2 years in C-reactive protein." This is a marker of inflammation that scientists have linked to heart disease, cancer, and cognitive decline. Insulin sensitivity and markers of metabolic syndrome also improved.
Update: yet another study showing the benefits of intermittent fasting. This is something we can all benefit from to some degree. And its such an easy thing to get used to. Plus many of us can use it also as a way to take off a few pounds - and this benefits pretty much all the body's systems including the musculo-skeletal.
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Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond