At 92, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad is the world’s oldest elected leader after the recent 14th General Election in Malaysia. Aside from his victorious return to politics after a 22-year retirement, another topic that was widely discussed among observers was his good health and sharp mind.
Many were impressed by how the newest Prime Minister of Malaysia managed to stay fit at his age. It was even said that his weight never fluctuated beyond 62-64kg in the past 30 years. When a member of the public asked him for his ‘secret’ on staying healthy, Tun Dr. Mahathir answered, “I take a moderate diet, no matter how delicious the food.”
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A doctor by training, he said that people tend to overeat when the food is delicious, which leads to obesity. He also cited a recent study which found that monkeys fed with a low calorie diet tend to live longer lives.
A low calorie diet usually refers to a daily calorie intake of 1,000-1,500 for women; and 1,500-2,000 for men. These include food such as radish, celery, cucumber, cod, wheat bran, chicken breast, and strawberries. It’s found that by restricting your calorie intake, you can lower the insulin level and DNA damage in your body. Both of these are signs of slow aging for the body.
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Portion control is another thing Tun Dr. Mahathir stated as his ‘secret’ to living a long, healthy life. According to him, it was his mother who told him to stop eating when the food is tasty. His later medical training then helped him realise the reason behind his mother’s advice. It has been proven that moderate eating and portion control can aid in achieving your weight loss goals. On the other hand, it also helps prevent hypertension.
Eating in moderation and sticking to a low calorie diet may sound difficult, but it’s definitely possible and worth it. Slowly ease yourself into the routine of eating well and you’ll get used to it soon.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to equip your body with a daily dose of essential vitamins with our MULTI Super Multivitamin as well!