It’s Chinese New Year and the last thing on your mind is to limit your food intake. Actually, all you’re probably thinking about is how you’re now excused to eat as much as you want! We at Circuit25 don’t want to put a damper on your festive nature, but it might be wise to read these new findings and maybe put a cap on how much you indulge.
In the US journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a study has been published that proves that a calorie-restricted diet can actually give a boost to good brain function and longevity. According to an article in AFP, the study was conducted by a group of Italian scientists who put mice on a diet of about 70% of their normal food intake. What they found was that this type of diet activated a protein molecule, CREB1, that basically makes for a younger, healthier brain. The mice were found to have better memory, cognitive abilities, less aggression and less likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
At Circuit25, we’ve always condoned eating well. We do believe in a well-balanced diet, and we certainly do not recommend cutting down your daily intake of food by 70%. In addition, this study did not seem to mention anything about how the amount of exercise you do might affect how much you should eat to garner the same results. However, these types of studies are important to address and maybe think about while you’re becoming more fit – and if you aim to live a long life!
So enjoy the Chinese New Year. Enjoy the delicious foods and drinks! Just remember, it’s sometimes not worth over-doing it… and if you don’t remember, maybe you’ve already eaten too much! Stay hungry, and stay young.