Eat Less for a Better Life

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…

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Quitting Smoking Improves Mental Health

A widely held belief among smokers is that the habit relieves psychological symptoms. However, a new meta-analysis of 26 prospective international studies challenges this assumption. After a median follow-up of 6-12 months, smoking cessation significantly decreased anxiety, depression, and stress while increasing psychological quality of life, compared with continued smoking. Cessation of smoking resulted in…

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Teen Physical Activity Enhances Quality of Life

A five-year study involving 1,216 adolescents has found that the those who spent the most time in outdoor physical activity had higher quality of life (QoL) scores than those who spent the least. In contrast, those who had the highest (vs. lowest) amount of screen time (TV, computer, etc.) had significantly lower QoL scores. PositiveTip: Physical…

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7500 Steps a Day Improve Quality of Life

A Canadian study compared postmenopausal women who took 7500 steps a day with those who didn't. Women who walked 7500 steps a day had significantly higher scores in health-related satisfaction and quality of life. They also had fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety. PositiveTip: Adequate physical activity (at least 7500 steps per day) is essential for…

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