Dr. Oz on Oprah: Calorie Restriction Diets

Would you like to live to 100 years and beyond? Dr. Oz and other medical experts believe that a calorie restriction diet can help people to live longer with a higher quality of life. The calorie restriction diet also focuses on consuming calories that provide a high nutritional value, not just low calorie.

Many claim that a Calorie Restriction Diet is the answer to living longer. Personally, I don’t get the whole “extreme life extension” thing – It’s just so the opposite of living in the moment and that’s really not for me. And it’s not just a diet, it’s literally a lifestyle, one that I’m just not that into. But I do admit, there are aspects of this lifestyle that could be helpful to anyone interested in making better food choices and generally living healthier.

So…What is a calorie restriction diet?

Calorie restriction is when people eat fewer calories than are necessary to maintain their healthy weight. While the amount of calories eaten varies for each individual, most people who practice a restricted calorie diet tend to consume about 20% to 25% fewer calories than are recommended for someone of their size.

Do you want to know what your calorie restriction should be on this type of diet? Here is a simple calorie restriction tool to help you calculate it.

The whole calorie restriction lifestyle seemed to be a little glamorized on Oprah, I don’t think it’s something the majority of us could actually maintain. For me, it’s not just about whether or not I would want to do a calorie restriction diet, it’s also about the cost. To do this diet correctly you need to eat a lot of organic fruits, vegetables, and nuts – and that’s a lot of $$$$$. I don’t know about you? But I can’t afford to buy three apples a day just to eat the peal, and I wouldn’t want to. The same gentlemen that does that, also eats about 80% raw. Even if a raw food diet is healthier (and I know it is), I don’t want to live like a bunny rabbit just so I might live to be 100. What about you?

More Calorie Restriction Links

The show was about “extreme life extension” and the calorie restriction diet wasn’t all Dr. Oz talked about. The most interesting thing was how scientists can now grow actual organs (like your heart, liver, or bladder) in the lab for doctors to transplant whenever you need them. It’s called tissue regeneration. I think this technology is incredible and will eventually save many lives, especially of people who would otherwise be waiting on transplant lists. But using this technology for extreme life extension seems a little unethical to me.

Will we all be able to get a new heart when ours wears out? Or new blood vessels when ours get too clogged? Will insurance companies cover the cost of someone having their organs regenerated so they can live past 100? Somehow, I just don’t think so. In this case, extreme life extension will be reserved for the rich, it won’t be an equal opportunity. Is that fair? Does it matter if it’s fair?

Studies show that there is already a growing gap between the life expectancy of the poor and the rich.

Life expectancy rates declining in low income population

Many areas of the United States now enjoy an all-time, unprecedented high for life expectancy. Unfortunately, many poor counties, especially among the female population, are now beginning to see a decline in life expectancy.

Dr. Oz also talked about two other life extending treatments that are only available to the wealthy – hyperbaric chambers and infrared saunas.

There was one thing that Dr. Oz said at the end of the program that I totally agreed with. That even if all you do is eat healthier foods and get a moderate amount of exercise, you will probably be doing a lot to increase your personal life expectancy by as much as 20 years…And that’s something (I think) we can all relate to.

Did you see the show? What did you think? Would you like to live to be 100? Will we all be living longer in the future, or will it just be the rich? Let me know what you think in comments.

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