BBC Horizon: The CRON challenge – Eat, Fast, Live Longer

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The CRON Diet is known for significantly reducing the risk of disease and may even extend lifespan in humans. Joe has been practicing calorie restriction for many years and has taken part in studies to assess his health while on the diet.

When Joe Cordell started the diet he lost a lot of weight and all of his health markers improved. He is as lean as he was when he was a teenager and he says that maintaining this diet makes him feel great!

Luigi Fontana says that Joe’s diet has reduced his risk to ‘one in a million’ chance of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, myocardial infarction, or heart failure. Calorie Restriction is extremely powerful in protecting humans against many common age-related diseases.

In the video, Dr. Michael Mosley and Joe are going through tests to see who comes out best. On the balance test, Joe came out way ahead by being able to stand on one foot for over 30 seconds. This usually drops off dramatically with age, but Joe was balanced was typical of a 20-year-old.

Later in the video, Dr. Fontana goes into the blood tests of Joe and Michael. Bad news for Michael, as many of his health markers, were bad, but in Joe’s results were excellent!

This is not surprising since Joe has been on the diet for many years and adheres to a diet full of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, whereas Michael eats a standard diet.

The whole show is very interesting and I recommend that you try to find it. It really shows the power of nutrition and calorie restriction on health.

Michael mentioned that Joe didn’t look particularly young for his age. And while that is true, the insides are what matter most. Externally, aging can be affected by sun exposure and other things.

And Joe never started the diet early either. You have to protect your skin from the sun, look after it, and start calorie restriction before the signs of aging appear if you want to maintain a long-lasting youthful appearance.

See the short clip below of Michael Moseley and Joe Cordell go head-to-head to see who comes out better in a round of health andĀ fitness tests.


Article reviewed and updated: February 2019.

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