This wasn’t really a topic for the general nutrition board, so I decided to drop it over here:
Generally the only thing (nutritionwise) thought to possibly prolong your life span is to be a little hypocaloric (not starvation level) all the time, while still providing all necessary nutrients. There actually is a name for this nutrition plan, I just cannot remember it now.
Now, seeing that high metabolism is a desired goal both during dieting and perhaps also during bulking in bodybuilding, how do you see this affecting the durability of our bodies? We are basically accumulating a lot of muscle mass, putting a lot of nutrients through our bodies and keeping the candle burning bright all the time. ECA and others are basically designed to drive metabolism up.
I'm not trying to contrast the sedentary couch-potato approach with BB lifestyle. But what if you exercised frequently, kept yourself intentionally hypocaloric all the time, and supplemented with all the necessary stuff? Would this be better from longevity point of view? The first thing that pops into my mind is the lessened risk for cancer - the faster the turnover of the tissue is, the bigger the risk of something going wrong. Obviously, performance of a "starved" athlete cannot match well-fed one, but I'm thinking more from recreational lifter POV. You can get used to being hypocaloric - this is commonly seen in women getting on ridiculously low calories and commenting on not being hungry.
So what do you think?