Eat Less, Live Longer


If you're like me, you probably grew up being told, "Finish everything on your plate!"….who knows, maybe this has something to do with the current obesity epidemic!

Maybe our parents should have told us, "Don't finish everything on your plate, it will help you live longer".  What I mean by that is by taking in slightly less calories than a body needs has been shown to help many types of animals live longer!
Before we jump into the details lets start with a definition…Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).  This is the number of calories your body needs just to maintain itself.  You can go to the following website to calculate it, all you need is height, weight and age.

Now if you are active and exercise then your metabolic rate will be higher than the BMR, but the Basal Metabolic Rate gives us a reference point.

Now back to my "Eat Less, Live Longer" idea.  A growing amount of evidence suggests that if an animal (this research has only been done in animals) is fed an amount of food that is slightly less than the amount their body needs those animals live longer than the animals that were feed the "right" amount.  The technical term for this is "caloric deprivation"…the animal gets slightly less calories than its metabolism suggests it would need.

In some species it has been shown to increase lifespan by 30 percent!  This research has been shown in every species it has been tested in, whether it is mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, insects.  The result has always been the same, animals that had slight caloric deprivation lived the longest.  Again the emphasis is on slight caloric deprivation, the animals were not starved.  They took in about 10 percent less calories than their metabolism suggested they would need.

This type of research has never been done in humans as it would be too difficult to precisely control how much a large group of people ate for such a long period of time.  One thing for that has been shown in several recent studies however is that people who have had bariatric surgery, live longer than similar groups who have not had bariatric surgery.  This is because the bariatric patients had lower rates of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and deaths from cancer…..but maybe it really was because they ate less and lived longer.  Anyway, food for thought…if you can pardon the pun!

Our free, monthly yoga class will be held at my Millburn office (225 Millburn Ave, Suite 204) on Monday April 5th starting at 7:30 pm…it's a great way to burn some calories, and is open to any and all of my patients.  If you will be attending please RSVP to or call 973-218-1990

I will be holding my free informational seminar this Wednesday March 31 starting at 6:30 pm at 225 Millburn Ave, Millburn.  Open to anyone who would like to find out more about bariatric surgery.  Please RSVP to or call 973-218-1990.


Support groups this month will be on
Wednesday April 7th for any patient who has had surgery less than one year ago
Wednesday April 14th for all gastric band patients
Wednesday April 21st for all patients who have had surgery over one year ago

All meeting will be at the Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave, Livingston, NJ starting at 6:00 pm and are free to all patients

All meetings will be facilitated by Licensed ClinicalPsychologists.
Dr. Debra Gil, Ph.D., who has more than 10 years ofexperience running group programs for weight management will be facilitatingthe meetings on April 7th and 21st.
Dr. Gil has clinical expertise in treating individuals andaddressing the emotional, social and practical complexities of weight loss,body image, eating disorders, and lifestyle change, and has been featured in FamilyCircle and Parenting magazines for her work with teenagers andfamilies who want to adopt more active and healthful ways of living.
Gary Goldberg, Ph.D., who has over 35 years experiencehelping people who suffer from an array of physical and emotional conditionswill be facilitating the meeting on April 14th.
Dr. Goldberg has training and experience using manystrategies that have shown to be the most effective in helping people achieverelief, comply with treatment and hasten recovery from their physical andemotional issues.
Dr. Goldberg is an Assistant Clinical Professor of FamilyMedicine at the Institute for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Well, that's it for this week folks, as always thanks for reading and for trusting me with your healthcare

Michael Bilof

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