Posted by: 4pack | August 30, 2008

Medical Study: 1990’s Cuban Starvation Yields Positive Health Benefits

WOW…IN SEARCHING TO UNCOVER ALL THAT CAN SUPPORT CALORIE RESTRICTIVE DIETS COMES THIS STUDY FROM THE “CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION”…THE “SPECIAL PERIOD” ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IN CUBA DURING THE EARLY 1990’S HAS YIELDED A STUDY GROUP OF CUBANS THAT SAW DAILY CALORIE INTAKE DROP FROM 2900 CALORIES PER DAY TO 1800 CALORIES PER DAY…WITH RESULTANT LOSS OF WEIGHT, BODY FAT AND A REDUCTION IN FAT RELATED ILLNESSES…1800 CALORIES IS STARVATION?????….I EAT AROUND 1800 CALORIES ON MOST DAYS AND FEEL GREAT, HAVE MAINTAINED MY LEAN MUSCLE MASS, AND STILL HAVE LOW TRIGLYCERIDES AND BODY FAT….NO WAY IS 1800 CALORIES STARVATION BUT THE FOOD INDUSTRY WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU BELIEVE IT….CALORIE RESTRICTION WORKS, IS HEALTHY IF YOU EAT THE RIGHT AND BALANCED FOOD GROUPS…. 

Michael Rae, a Canadian living in the U.S., is a skinny poster child for Calorie Restriction, an approach to eating based on a body of evidence indicating that severely cutting calories increases overall health and longevity.

Michael Rae, a Canadian living in the U.S., is a skinny poster child for Calorie Restriction, an approach to eating based on a body of evidence indicating that severely cutting calories increases overall health and longevity.

Can. Med. Assoc. J., Apr 2008; 178: 1032 – 1034

“The widespread weight loss resulted from the economic crisis known as the “Special Period,” which Cuba experienced in the 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union….

“…During this Special Period, per capita daily energy intake fell from 2899 kcal (12 180 kJ) to 1863 kcal (7820 kJ), and energy expenditure increased because fuel shortages led people to walk or ride their bicycles rather than use public transportation. The proportion of physically active adults increased from 30% to 67%. Population-representative studies in Cienfuegos, Cuba, in 1991 and 1995 showed a 1.5-unit decrease in the body mass index. The prevalence of obesity declined from 14% to 7%, the prevalence of overweight increased from 26% to 27%, and the prevalence of normal weight increased from 60% to 66% (Figure 1). The decline in body weight in the population represents a modest weight loss of 4–5 kg, or 5%–6% of body weight per adult. In subsequent years, rates of death decreased markedly from 1997 to 2002: by 51% for diabetes, 35% for coronary artery disease, 20% for stroke and 18% for all-cause mortality.”

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