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Hi ? I'm new here. I'm a 20 years old girl from Italy (forgive my eventual english mistakes, please), psychology undergraduate. I'm interested in CR for its immediate health benefits and the promise of aging well more than for increasing lifespan (and since my budget is not infinite I like the fact that buying less food would allow me to invest on quality). I would like to understand if and how it could be compatible with an optimal reproductive health, since I'm young and the goal here is to feel better, not worse, and since from what I understand women's hormones balance is more vulnerable to caloric restriction and fat loss. I'm on the high end of the healthy range of BMI (24.1) but I have a high waist to hip ratio for my age (0.78) that I would like to reduce so I'm pretty sure I could benefit from a patient, balanced, weight loss diet, but the question is: as a young woman how far should I go for optimal health (immediate physical health + hormonal balance, meaning reproductive and mental health + aging well)? Should I do a common diet limited in time and then raise my calories for hormonal balance hoping to mantain eating clean as much as my budget allows or prefer a slight chronic caloric restriction that would allow me to buy and eat only high quality food (with the exception of social occasions)?
I am a 41 year old female just getting started on CR and would like to know if anyone has any suggestions for a beginner my age? I have two children, I'm a busy stay at home working mom and am taking my new lifestyle very seriously. I just saw my PCP this morning and she happily ordered a complete benchmark panel for me, including Dexa Scan, IGF1, etc. Looking for wisdom/encouragement. ;-)