What is a CR Diet?

Using a CR Diet as a Weight Loss Tool

A CR diet or calorie-restriction diet, is a way of life for many people. It is a lifestyle choice that many health zealots choose based on the scientific research indicating that reducing one’s caloric intake has the potential to considerably increase life expectancy. The evidence suggests that the human body can operate more efficiently on fewer calories. It’s no secret that a reduction in calories can also lead to weight loss.

How Many Calories Have You Consumed Today?

If you are interested in losing weight, you just might find that a CR diet can help you achieve those goals. If you are like most Americans and don’t monitor your caloric intake, you are probably consuming way too many calories. Properly adhering to a CR diet will vary depending on how you implement it into your own life. Following a CR diet can limit your calories to between 20% and 40% of your typical caloric intake.

If you do decide to implement a CR diet, you are going to be consuming fewer calories than you are used to. Because of this, it is very important to pick nutrient-packed foods that provide the most nutrition for the least number of calories. Good food choices are leafy greens rich in iron and calcium and beans, which are a great source of both protein and iron. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too.

As discussed earlier, in addition to weight loss, a CR diet may offer a number of other healthy benefits. The National Academy of Sciences has actually published research on the health benefits of a CR diet, and many diseases associated with aging can be combated by following a CR diet. Should you decide to follow a CR diet more long-term you can enjoy positive health benefits too.

The CR diet is not a good choice for all individuals, so check with your physician before trying this or any diet. If you are a candidate for the CR diet, you may be surprised at just how good lowering your caloric intake can feel.

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