In today’s world, there is much more awareness regarding health than ever before. There is now a higher concern about diet and fitness thanks to a number of factors. This includes easy access to information via technology and social media.
A person is just one click away from knowing about the popular methods to diet and fitness. In addition, websites and blogs on the subject by trainers, experts, and health professionals are helpful too.
However, in the midst of this information outburst, there are also some issues. Many times, people do not know what to believe and what to know.
Consequently, a lot of them end up following crash and unhealthy ways of life. There are also a lot of myths and false information regarding diet and fitness on the internet.
So, it is important to refer to an accountable source. Precisely, following diets and lifestyle changes backed by plenty of research is better. This way, a person is less likely to have any potential negative effects.
This is also the reason why research on health is always required. New trends and dietary changes need appropriate studies to be proven as safe. For instance, some people believe that cutting down calories and going on diets is only for overweight people.
However, research shows otherwise. In fact, a new study focuses on how caloric restriction may help every person. This was also to show that cutting down calories has benefits other than losing weight. The findings of this study appear in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
What Was the Research Method?
Till now, the majority thinks consuming fewer calories is good for diet and fitness only when a person is overweight. As long as a diet does not lead to fat gain, many do not even consider changing it.
Now, the new research challenges this view. To do so, it recruited participants and made two divisions in them. One of them was the control group while the other was experimental. The average BMI (body mass index) of the participant was around twenty-two to twenty-seven.
The experimental group had a reduction of about twenty-five percent in their normal diets. They had an option of choosing their three meals of the day from six different diet plans. In addition, this group also received personal counseling at the beginning of the study.
On the other hand, the control group had their usual daily intake. The study started in 2007 and continued until the year 2010.
During this diet, control group lived normally while other group tried to follow their respective diet plans. Not all in the latter had an ideal twenty-five percent reduction. Most were able to at least cut down twelve percent of their diets.
What Was the Result?
After the study period, the experimental group had a number of health benefits. Almost all the participants lost ten percent of fat mass and weight.
In addition, it promoted health by reducing LDL or bad cholesterol and C-reactive proteins. Both of these have a connection with major health issues such as heart diseases. Generally, it boosted cardiometabolic health in the participants.
According to the researchers, it further proves the benefits of reducing calories regardless of weight. Improvements in diet and fitness will always have a positive impact on the health of a person.