Want to live longer? Ditch the diet, cancel your gym session – just eat  less

By Liz Thomas

PUBLISHED:19:44 EST, 30 July  2012 | UPDATED:03:18  EST, 31 July 2012

Dr Michael Mosley said he did not believe it was  necessary to eat three meals a day

Forget exercise, fad diets or so-called  miracle pills – if you want to live longer simply eat less, a leading scientist  has claimed.

Dr Michael Mosley, a presenter on BBC science  show Horizon, said ongoing research suggested that a high metabolic rate – how  much energy the body uses for normal body functions – is a risk factor for  earlier mortality.

And he revealed that communities in Japan and  the U.S. which  follow strict, low-calorie diets  appear to have a  lifespan longer than the global average.

The 55-year-old said of calorie restriction  diets, which are often as low as 600 calories a day: ‘The bottom line is that it  is the only thing that’s ever really been shown to prolong life.

‘Ultimately, ageing is a product of a high  metabolic rate, which in turn increases the number of free radicals we consume.

‘If you stress the body out by restricting  calories or fasting, this seems to cause it to adapt and slow the metabolism  down. It’s a version of “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.’

Dr Mosley said he did not believe it was  necessary to eat three meals a day because ‘what we think of as hunger is mainly  habit’.

In a new Horizon programme, he also suggests  that intermittent fasting could offer the same benefits as calorie restriction  by reducing the growth of hormone IGF-1.

While the hormone maintains and repairs  tissue, high levels have been shown to contribute towards cancer and ageing.

New approach: Forget exercise, fad diets or so-called miracle pills ¿ if you want to live longer simply eat less, a leading scientist has claimedNew approach: Forget exercise, fad diets or so-called  miracle pills – if you want to live longer simply eat less, a leading scientist  has claimed

His comments, made to the Radio Times, come  after the Institute of Health Ageing at University College London suggested  eating 40 per cent less could extend a person’s life by 20 years.

A researcher said: ‘If you reduce the diet of  a rat by 40 per cent it will live for 20 per cent longer. So we would be talking  20 years of human life.

‘This has shown on all sorts of organisms,  even labradors.’

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* Why the Info is Wrong and Evil

It is either the Doctor being Misquoted, or the Reporter Not understanding. Many understand it is the type of nutrition being consumed, not just blind caloric intake. Many foods contain antioxidants that squelch free radicals. At 600 Calories a day, there is no way you can maintain adequate vitamin/mineral intake just from food. You would eventually succumb to malnutrition

Eating less may not extend life, Jan. 13 3009 in advance of print publication in the Journal of Nutrition

New clue into how diet and exercise enhance longevity, July 20, 2007, issue of the journal Science

Even occasional exercise can extend life for older people,  Jul 2004  Journal of Preventive Medicine

Low-level exercise delays heart failure, markedly extends lives, even with hypertension, 2005 November edition of the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology

Good news: Light and moderate physical activity reduces the risk of early death, Aug 2010  International Journal of Epidemiology

Thats just off the top of my head