Trying to lose weight but unable to do so despite hours spent in the gym and a carefully curated diet? All you have to do is a simple lifestyle change. Cut 300 calories a day from your diet. This strategy can reduce cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity for dieters.
People who followed the calorie-restriction diet for two years had lower blood pressure, lower total cholesterol, lower risk of metabolic syndrome and improvements in insulin sensitivity, researchers reported Thursday in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
They also lost an average of about 16 pounds, 71% of which was fat.
“The message from this paper is: Anything is better than what we’re doing now. Even more modest caloric restriction may have benefits,” Dr. William E. Kraus, the lead author, a cardiologist and professor at the Duke University School of Medicine.
Combining calorie restriction with other strategies like intermittent fasting, a low-carb diet or the Mediterranean diet could help people stick with a healthy lifestyle that ensures a lean body over the long term — “the optimal way to promote longevity,” Hu wrote in a commentary that accompanied the study in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
The calorie-restriction diet can take a lot of mental focus and discipline to maintain but can be achieved by eating a variety of low-calorie fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich starch, lean plant and animal proteins, and heart-healthy fats