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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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A Morning Run Improves Teen Sleep

Daily morning run enhances sleep quality for teens.

A small, 3 week, randomized study of 51 adolescents (27 girls) found those who ran 30 minutes before school (7:00 AM) experienced better subjective quality of sleep, mood in the morning, and the ability to concentrate compared to those who simply sat by the track conversing with friends. Girls in the running group also had significantly lower daytime sleepiness and insominia scores.

PositiveTip: Early morning physical activity enhances the quality of adolescent's days--and probalby adults too.