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                   Caloric Restriction with Adequate Nutrition


You can say Caloric Restriction and weight loss in the same breath.  Actually there have been recent studies where subjects who have achieved a desirable weight have gone one step further and have reduced their caloric intake an additional 30%.   Now as long as they have incorporated a balance of approximately 1/3 each of the macronutrients Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat and have been selective especially in the carbohydrate department, by only indulging in the good carbs,  primarily fruits and vegetables,  they will have success to different degrees in providing adequate nutrition with caloric restriction.


The truth of the matter is that most of us eat too dam much and we rely on the fact as in vitamin supplements that the body takes what it needs and gets rid of the rest.  This is true, but there are consequences.  One consequence is excess free radicals that translate into Excess Tissue Acid Waste and this is a  topic covered in our main menu.  You can feed an engine more fuel than it needs and it will burn most of it, but the residue is what sends it into the shop for a major overhaul.  Human overhauls can result in a funeral.


Fat intake is a subject in itself.  Researching Dr. Atkins and his high fat diet at least in the induction phase, the question of dietary fat and cholesterol, the zone diets and another diet that advocates 75% alkaline foods  (Fruits and vegetables, nuts, seed and olive oil) versus 25% acid foods, (Meat and high glycemic (sugar) foods including the junk stuff).  All of this leads to some confusion and conflicts galore.


There is no question that Caloric Restriction slows the aging process and prevents disease.   Taking excess weight off and keeping it off has a host of benefits and we all know what they are.


Cut calories, cut cancer, live longer?
Caloric restriction -- the practice of "under nutrition without malnutrition" -- doesn't just slow the progress of cardiovascular disease. It also slows cancer. Caloric restricted rats and mice get fewer and/or smaller tumors than animals that can gobble all they want, says David Kritchevsky, the Caspar Wistar scholar at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia.


Below is an excellent website that gives a thorough explanation of the 40-30-30 diet that I personally used to lose 30 lbs and follow to some degree to this very day.  The only modification I have made is to increase the amount of "Good Fats" from nuts, seed, olive oil,  fish oil.    Where the 40-30-30 advocates 30% fats, my fat intake could go 40%.  I have no concern eating this proportion of fat because I am a very physically active 70 year old.  Heavy duty competitive sports.  Good Fat again is an energy food and with a minimum intake of even good sugar  (I don't indulge in the bad ones) again no problem burning it off.  


Note:  Fat has approximately twice as many calories as Carbohydrates and Protein per gram so you have to basically cut the volume of fat in half to obtain the 40%.  So in another words if 40% of a diet is derived from fat this means that only 20% of the total volume of food we eat comes from fat.  Fats again are a high energy food, fats burn fat and I personally believe fat burns waste in the body as well.   



40-30-30  This link is an excellent explanation of the balance concept in eating at every meal and snack.  It worked miraculously for me personally and I follow the principals every day, every meal, every snack with perhaps a slight variation of the values.  In addition to the link above I would strongly suggest purchasing the book Fat Burning Nutrition by the Daoust couple.  Look for the paper back by Wharton Publications versus the new hard cover book that does not go into the depths the original paperback does.  I used it in my 30 lb shedding and use it in my maintenance program.  I believe that this program not only serves to burn off fat, it also rids the body of toxic acid tissue waste.  You may not mind a few extra pounds, but you have to be mentally deranged to accept any toxicity in your body.


Good definition of all fats below


This is a great article from Dr. Mercola on the right type of carbs to eat versus reducing carbs overall.


This information is intended to heighten awareness of potential health care alternatives and should not be considered as medical advice. See your qualified health-care professional for medical attention, advice, diagnosis, and treatments.