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Another Reason to Put Down Those Fries
Fewer calories may equal longer life
-Julie Ryan Evans
Besides dieting to look good, it seems more and more evidence points to the health benefits of restricting calories. Now it seems cutting out those fries could increase your life-span!
HealthDay points to a recent study that shows eliminating 300-500 calories a day “could be the key to slowing the signs of aging and living longer.”
And for those who like to exercise more so they can eat more, that doesn’t seem to cut it. Exercise is, of course, a healthy habit, but this study compared two groups-one who just exercised and the other who cut calories. While both lost weight, it was only the calorie-restricted group that lowered their thyroid levels-which is believed to slow tissue aging.
The study’s lead author, Edward Weiss, associate professor of nutrition and dietetics at Saint Louis University’s Doisy College of Health Sciences, says while more research is needed, there’s plenty of evidence that cutting calories counts.
“There is plenty of evidence the calorie restriction can reduce your risks for many common diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease,” Weiss said. “And you may live to be substantially older.”
With that being said, let’s go through some common food items (according to Diet Bites)and where they weigh in on the calorie scale:
1 small apple – about 55 calories
1 cup or grapefruit – about 97 calories
1 cup of raspberries – about 64 calories
1 cup of chocolate milk – about 208 calories
1 cup of vanilla ice cream – about 145 calories
12 oz. of carbonated cola beverage – about 136 calories
1 cup of coffee – about 2 calories
5 oz. of wine – about 125 calories
1 Taco Bell Burrito Supreme w/ beef – about 469 calories
1 Wendy’s Biggie Fries – about 507 calories
1 Burger King Cheeseburger – about 380 calories
1 McDonald’s Caesar Salad – about 94 calories
That list should make you think twice about starting a happy, healthy, and new lifestyle…don’t you think?