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Eat Less for a Better Life

Nonobese adults who ate less for 2 years lost weight and functioned better.

Researchers randomized 220 healthy, nonobese adults and assigned them to 2 years of 25% calorie restriction (CR) or the usual calorie intake (AL). The CR group received individual and group counseling. At 24 months the CR group had lost 7.6 kg (16.8 pounds) compared to the 0.4 kg (0.9 pounds) of the AL group. The CR group experienced significant improvement in mood, sleep quality, sexual drive, relationship satisfaction, and quality of life.

PositiveTip: Try eating less to enhance your quality of life and maybe extend your lifespan, too.

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You Won't Lose Weight with Veggies on a Side Plate

Simply adding fruit and vegetables to an excessive or unhealthy diet won't help you lose weight.

Fruit and vegetable consumption is a critical part of a healthy diet, and is often recommended for weight loss plans. However, a recent survey of weight loss literature found that simply increasing fruit and vegetable intake without restricting total calories or removing unhealthy foods from your diet had no effect on weight loss.

PositiveTip: To lose weight, change your plate - Push off fatty, sugary or processed foods, put on fruits and vegetables.

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