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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 5 comments on Chasing Immortality, On a Diet

  1. What a horrible person to interview for this article. So I want to take weight loss advice from this person?

    “I love fruit and vegetables.”
    “I hate crappy food.”
    “I exercise like crazy.”
    “I’m on a masters swim team”
    “I bike”,
    “when I run, I run seven or eight miles.”

    Well since most people who have problems managing their weight have NOTHING in common with this person, how is she a good conveyor of the message?

    She goes on to give her sage advice on rescuing the obese:

    “I would put them on a 1,200- to 1,500-calorie-a-day diet,… it’s usually a hunger that people cannot tolerate” “That is the reason most diet programs fail.”.

    So she is saying her methods are largely doomed to fail.

    Also this article doesn’t address “Calorie Restriction” diets at all.

    I’m sorry but this is a waste of time to read.

  2. I do count my calories but I’m not a freak about it. I think there is a difference between going on a diet to get to a healthy weight and going all the way to being way to skinny. Which is a common issue with younger women. They are too easily influenced by the way models and actresses look.

    I’m a 27 year old male and I had to go on a serious diet about 3 years ago. I’m 5’11 and went up to 225 pounds when I had weighed 160 to 170 most of my adult life. Within a 6 month diet and workout regimen I was able to drop back to 170. If you are curious I used the Abs Diet. The book is a fun read and changes your outlook on your lifestyle.

    I think that once you are able to get to a healthy weight that some calorie counting and healthy eating goes a long way at maintaining that weight and avoiding other heart related risks.

  3. Being a 23 year old who’s matabolism is slowing down it becomes increasingly more appealing to calorie count. I could just do exercise but I have an exercise block or something I don’t know.

    Seeing the weight just slowly going up is a sadening thought, perticulary if I look at my father who was thin untill his 30s and then his weight exploded.

    I need to do something ¬_¬

  4. This article about Calorie Restriction (CR) seemed more like one I would have read 5 years ago. First of all, it asked only about whether one would live longer on CR, not whether one would be healthier. It is true there is no evidence that humans on CR live longer, although there is overwhelming evidence that many other species on CR do live longer.

    The article made no mention of “health span” – does a CR diet lead to a healthier life? There is substantial evidence now that CR quickly leads to many improvements in health – in humans. For instance there is significantly improved cardiovascular function and there is significant decrease in inflammation.

    The following quote from an abstract of a peer-reviewed, scientific paper (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19262201?dopt=Abstract) published in 2009 gives a nice summary of the status of CR research:

    “Although it is currently not known if long-term calorie restriction with adequate nutrition extends maximal lifespan in humans, we do know that long-term calorie restriction without malnutrition results in some of the same metabolic and hormonal adaptations related to longevity in calorie restriction rodents. Moreover, calorie restriction with adequate nutrition protects against obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerosis, which are leading causes of morbidity, disability and mortality.”

    I have found in the last 7 years that following a CR diet is hard not because you are hungry, but because if you do not track, in detail, the nutritional content of what you eat, you will not be on a CR Diet. That is hard to do.

    I seriously doubt Carolyn Apovian’s statement: “anytime I add in my head how much did I eat—I’m in a weight management center; it does cross my mind once in a while—it’s the average: 2,000 calories, 2,500.” I’ve tried that, and then compared it to what I actually recorded – my estimates are not even close. It is very hard to remember every single thing you ate during the day and assign a calorie value to it. And of course, she has no idea what % of her daily requirement for some 25 or 30 micro-nutrients she consumed.

  5. Talk about out of context… Resveratrol supplements are unrelated to calorie restricted diets … and how can you talk about Resveratrol multipliers in red wine without mentioning that ‘naturally occuring’ Resveratrol has dropped preciptously in wine over the last two decades….. I suggest sending another writer out to interview Caroline Apovian and see if they can produce a worthwile article.

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