06 April 2006

Oh, that bleeding edge of science...

This report on the results of a new healthy eating study is a smasher, I promise. A few quotes to prove it:

A low-calorie diet, even in people who are not obese, can lead to changes in metabolism and body chemistry that have been linked to better health and longer life, researchers are reporting.

Were not these "changes in metabolism and body chemistry" called simply "hunger" before this study?

Among the main findings of Dr. Ravussin's study was that calorie restriction led to decreases in insulin levels and body temperature. Both are considered signs of longevity, partly because an earlier study by other researchers found both traits in long-lived people.

Longevity and low body temperature. I guess that restriction on calories could lead one's body to the room temperature eventually. For a very long, one might even say unlimited, time.

But the most striking discovery of this research I have found near the end of the article

Part of the reason for the study, Dr. Ravussin said, was to find out whether people could stand calorie restriction. The participants, who were paid, turned out to be highly motivated, he said.

Wow! What will these scientists come up with next?