I picked up the latest Eating Well publication yesterday and found a mention of calorie restriction! CR is totally the latest diet trend :)
The context was not entirely accurate- they mention two ways that you can diet to live longer- 1) Calorie restriction and 2) Maximizing nutrition (ON). I do not disagree entirely with #2... just a little. Let's just say you maximize nutrition (eating all your daily requirements of vitamins/minerals) while maintaining a typical calorie amount. I am sure that would decrease incidence of diseases (diabetes, coronary artery disease, etc.) which would, in-turn, increase life expectancy. But as many CRONies have shown us (1 and 2) you can get 100% RDAs in 1000-1200 calories, leaving at least 800-1000 left for other foods. How would the human body respond to daily averages of eating 1000 "healthy" calories and 1000 "junky" calories? I would also like to know a typical "healthy-balanced" American diet fares on RDAs. This "future study" I would like to see results from is growing- now I not only want to compare CR vs. CRON diets, but also CRON vs. ON, and ON vs. American-Healthy.
Fun with science!