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  •  there's a middle ground (5+ / 0-)

    Medieval peasants were "calorie restricted"; it's the main reason they were five feet tall, dumb as posts, and didn't live much past 30.  Calorie needs are a function of activity levels, and for most of human history, calorie intake has been inversely proportional to activity levels: the harder you worked, the less food you got.  I read somewhere that the average peasant got less than 2000 calories per day; fine for an office worker, not fine for a farmhand.  By contrast, the average monk who sat on his ass all day got twice as many calories, and the fat jolly friar was a well established stereotype.

    •  Exactly right. (4+ / 0-)

      Restriction should be limited to the best number for lifestyle.  Active people need more and should have that access.  It is the inactive who would benefit from lower numbers of daily calories.

      War only feeds the fires of hate.--James Barclay

      by possum on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 03:42:36 PM PDT

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    •  The quality of the food is also important (6+ / 0-)

      Most studies of the benefits of caloric restriction make sure that the subjects get all necessary nutrients at the same time that they're getting fewer calories.  Those medieval peasants weren't only getting less food, they were also getting low quality food--so there's another variable in addition to the number of calories and people's activity levels.

      "If they give you lined paper, write the other way." (Juan Ramon Jimenez)

      by bread on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 05:40:34 PM PDT

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      •  And yet another important piece of the puzzle. (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks for sharing, bread.  Quality over quantity is often the case in all of our affairs.

        War only feeds the fires of hate.--James Barclay

        by possum on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 04:04:52 AM PDT

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