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  1. The title seems a little misleading. It sounds like there are potential benefits to caloric restriction, and the "pitfall" comes from assuming that one must up their protein to preserve muscle mass (When exercise is all that's needed?) Maybe I'm misunderstanding something. πŸ˜•
    Thank you, just the same, Dr. Greger.

  2. People overgeneralize a lot when it comes to calories, the reality is that eating a little bit under your maintenance is not going to kill you or lead to malnutrition if you know what you're doing. I've lost around 20 pounds of body fat on a vegan diet and I ate slightly less then my maintenance calories without losing much noticeable muscle mass, I also went to the gym and did cardio a few times a week. My protein intake was about .5 grams per pound of body weight, nothing crazy.

  3. I can't understand what calorie restriction really means when mentioned in these studies, even more so if you're already in a healthy weight (I'm 23yrs, 5"4' and 117 pounds, which puts me in the end of the BMI chart, so don't think I need to loose weight and yes put on muscle, so CR is actually contra-productive in this case).
    I have experienced only negative effects of CR during my life. 8 years dieting, fasting and exercising 8-9 hours a week brought me to a bad relationship with food and my body, and constant stress, that resulted in disease. and yes I've been plant based this whole time – I still am, but had to let the calorie restriction and overexercising go…

  4. For years I, with a sedentary lifestyle n on a plant based diet wondered why I remained at about 208 lbs. I lowered my caloric intake and within months dropped to 173 lbs! My goal is 150.

    JoseTheVegan on YouTube

  5. VAlter Longo recommends consuming 30g of protein within a half hour of weight training. If you calorie restrict and lift you will need to make sure your protein is sufficient. Also allow for plant protein not being so efficiently absorbed.

  6. I'm 68 and lost quite a bit of weight. Now I'm trying to do resistance once a week along with my daily walks to get the muscle back. Yeah, you look so horrible because your skin gets wrinkly and you lose muscle. It eventually comes back without gaining weight, with exercise. At first, you aren't sure if you look better or worse.

  7. Perfect timing with all these high calorie pushers in the vegan community telling us to eat over 2k no matter who we are lately, which has shown to be very detrimental to me. Just started eating way less and finally I’m feeling like myself again.

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