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  1. Our Expanded Mission

    In 2010, this website began when I realized that the practice of concentrating one’s carbohydrate intake into one meal daily — a practice first proposed by the Heller’s in their popular “Carbohydrate Addicts Diet” – might not only represent a practical strategy for lifelong weight control, but also, by keeping insulin levels relatively low for about 20 consecutive hours in each 24 hour span, provide some of the same health protection and longevity benefits achieved with calorie restriction and alternate-day fasting in animal studies.

    In large part by practicing this “Carbohydrate Concentration” strategy, and by complementing it with exercise training, I am now 30 pounds lighter than I used to be, and I reversed my metabolic syndrome. More scientific detail →

  2. The Catalytic Longevity Carbohydrate-Concentration (CC) Diet

    We would like to introduce you to a novel way of eating. We call it the Carbohydrate Concentration (CC) Diet. A high percentage of the millions of people who tried this kind of diet under the title “carbohydrate addict’s diet” found it effective for losing weight. In addition to weight loss, the CC Diet can lead to significant health and healthy-aging benefits for you. A discussion of these benefits for healthy aging as well as how the CC Diet can lead to many of health benefits seen with caloric restriction and intermittent fasting can be found in Jeremy J. Stone’s paper, “Concentrate Your Carbs!

    Caloric restriction and intermittent fasting are the only proven methods for extending lifespan and preserving youthfulness in animal experiments to date. New research has demonstrated that one of the key reasons that caloric restriction works is because of the low levels of insulin in the blood stream that result. By following the Carbohydrate Concentration Diet you will experience low insulin levels for 20 hours each day. You won’t have to give up any type of food that you enjoy eating and will be able to eat normal amounts of food, yet you will still be able to experience many of the benefits of full-blown caloric restriction by having low insulin levels over 80% of the time. These low insulin levels will tend to moderate your appetite and hence lead to lower calorie consumption. The Carbohydrate Concentration Diet is very simple to follow and has only one simple rule: Eat virtually all of your carbohydrates for each day in the course of one meal. More scientific detail →

  3. Autophagy and Hormesis Defined

    Autophagy refers to a self-cleansing mechanism in which cells digest cellular components.

    Hormesis is a mechanism whereby small stresses to the body result in beneficial changes. Caloric restriction has been shown to cause both autophagy and hormesis.

  4. About the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet®

    The Catalytic Longevity™ brand carbohydrate concentration diet is a scientific and educational undertaking that did not originate with, nor is sponsored by, the splendid and effective Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet® and should not be confused with it. The Catalytic Longevity brand carbohydrate concentration diet is directed at a larger audience, is not exactly the same, and is based, in large part, on scientific evidence concerning caloric restriction, intermittent fasting, autophagy and hormesis that has only become widely appreciated in recent years. In particular, our project is seeking to confirm the links of the Catalytic LongevityT brand carbohydrate concentration diet to eight decades of experimentation on caloric restriction through the experiment we are sponsoring.

    “Catalytic Longevity” is a trademark of Catalytic Diplomacy, Inc. “Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet” is a registered trademark of Heller, Rachael F. DBA The Carbohydrate Addicts Center and Heller, Richard F. DBA The Carbohydrate Addicts Center.

  5. Concentrate Your Carbs!

    Based on seven different pillars of human knowledge, described below, concentrating the consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates in one of the daily meals, and thus maintaining low insulin levels for the rest of the day, appears to be the most promising dietary approach to losing weight, lowering risks of degenerative disease (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease) and  strengthening chances for healthy aging.  The adoption of this diet could avoid enormous suffering and go a long way toward curtailing the spiraling costs of health care.  But the public will not adopt this diet widely  enough without the endorsement of key scientists and medical committees.

    ABSTRACT: The epidemic of obesity and of degenerative disease and the health budget crisis militate in favor of focusing on feasible and effective dietary solutions.   Fortunately, if pulled together and properly interpreted, there is more than enough research already completed to advise the public of what is their best current bet, among practical and acceptable dietary regimens, i.e., without difficult to sustain 30% or 40% reductions in calories.  This best bet is a Carbohydrate-Concentrated (CC) Diet, in which whatever high glycemic carbs and sugars are eaten daily are consumed in one meal and are eschewed during the other meals.

    On this diet, overweight dieters can anticipate not only a loss of weight but  improvements in biomarkers of health.  In particular, there is  evidence that most of the obese can, in this way, lose weight in a sustained way, and reduce related chances of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.  They might even secure a delay in the onset of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

    Seven fundamental sources of theory and data commend this dietary practice. With so much diverse support, the public should be encouraged to try it.

    This article is an effort to integrate, and update, key aspects of these sources of knowledge with a view to generating a consensus conclusion that might ameliorate the current health crisis.

    To effect the integration, the paper defines a new category of diets, the Concentrated-Carbohydrate (CC) Diet.  Observing that Caloric Restriction (CR) experimenters normally feed their subjects once a day and that CC diets lead to loss of weight, hence to a reduction in calories consumed, the paper is able to link the expected results of CC diets with those of the famous and long-studied CR diets.

    With a second observation, concerning the equality in number of hours of low insulin induced, the paper is able to link CC diets with those of the famous and long-studied Intermittent Fasting (IF) Diets.

    Accordingly, it seems that CC diets may provide not only weight loss but some of the broad and far-reaching improvements in health and healthy aging–and the lower likelihood of getting degenerative diseases of many kinds–that have been well established for so long for both the CR and the IF diets.

    The paper further identifies the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet (CAD) as the most feasible, tested and practical of the CC diets. The paper updates the case for that diet, and other CC diets, with observations from such new fields as Autophagy (triggered by the low-insulin hours in the diet) and Hormesis (triggered by the mild stress of the diet).       

    The wide variety of CC diets provides the public with a great deal of choice.   The hope is that the relevant communities of expertise and commentary–in science, medicine and media–would join in recommending carbohydrate concentration with a view to promulgating and institutionalizing such diets.

    Dieters would, of course, be advised to consult with their physicians before adopting and shaping a suitable CC diet and, certainly, there are patients for whom it would not be appropriate or who would have to try it cautiously.

    Download the paper by Jeremy J. Stone

  6. Disclaimer

    The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. You should not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician.

  7. Healthy Aging Through Dietary Means

    This evolving website is currently focused on ways and means of strengthening healthy aging through a class of diets called Carbohydrate Concentration (CC) diets. In these diets, the dieter concentrates his or her consumption of carbohydrates in one meal, eating one or more subsidiary meals with a minimum of carbohydrates.

    The creator of the website fell into this pattern, in May 2009, when he began skipping dinners to lose weight and found himself skipping breakfast as well—hence eating only one large meal a day (lunch) plus an occasional snack in the evening.

    His weight dropped quickly (by 25 pounds) and his health improved substantially (viz., sense of smell, immune system, allergies, brain functioning). He realized that he was mimicking a kind of caloric restriction—the intermittent fasting form in which mice were fed only every other day. They were experienced about 36 hours of low insulin every two days, but so was he. He learned about autophagy and hormesis and wondered if he were benefitting from them as well.

    In the end, he wrote the paper you can read at this link. More scientific detail →

  8. Professor Benjamin Treadwell’s Endorsement

    Benjamin TreadwellI have read Jeremy Stone’s article “Concentrate Your Carbs!” proposing the widespread adoption of the concept of Carbohydrate-Concentration (CC) Diets in which dieters restrict their consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates to a single daily meal while avoiding such foods in any other supplementary daily meals.

    Such diets are designed to maintain a low blood level of insulin for extended daily windows of time. They are based on two decades of practical experience of the popular Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet (CAD) and on supporting evidence of history and physiology.

    But most important, they are backed up, as the paper ingeniously shows, by close relations to the eight decades of amazingly successful research by the scientific community into caloric restriction (CR) and Intermittent Fasting (IF) on many species, including a 20-year experiment on primates.

    In sum, this seminal and synergistic analysis shows that there is a unique way to combine human practicality with hard-won wholly-persuasive scientific knowledge on diet.

    If this mountain of evidence, coming from so many points of view, is correct—and I have no doubt it is—the CC diet should help most dieters reduce not only their weight but also the risks of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. More scientific detail →

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