Can restricting calories help you to live longer?

Post Reprod Health. 2014 Mar;20(1):16-18. doi: 10.1177/1754045314521553. Epub 2014 Mar 13.


Excess calorie consumption is associated with metabolic disorders and increased incidence of morbidity. Restricting calorie content, either by daily calorie restriction or intermittent fasting periods, has multiple benefits including weight loss and improved body composition. Previous research has shown that restricting calories in this way can increase longevity and slow the ageing process in laboratory animals, although only sparse data exist in human populations. This review critically evaluates the benefits of these dietary interventions on age-related decline and longevity.

Keywords: Body composition; diabetes; intermittent fasting; longevity; obesity.

Publication types

  • Review