Slice of cheesecake, two chocolate-chip cookies, a packet of potato chips, a slice of pizza, or a packet of biscuit – That’s it!
Reducing the intake of calories is one of the most certain ways of losing weight and by eliminating certain food groups from the diet and keeping a tab on what and when you eat is one of the most talked-about topics in the modern dieting methods.
As per research conducted at Duke University School of Medicine published in the journal Lancet Diabetes And Endocrinology, restricting the intake of calories has huge benefits for the heart. The study was conducted on over 200 participants on restricted diets for two years.
People who were successful in maintaining the calorie intake and were also able to follow the dietary restrictions had significantly lower bad cholesterol readings which were one of the main reasons behind their healthy blood pressure levels. Also, their triglyceride levels—a type of fat found in the blood that increases the risk of heart disease—dropped by 24 per cent.
When the researchers started the study, they asked the participants to cut down on almost a fourth of their daily calorie intake. Despite this, the participants were only able to reduce about 12% of their daily intake, amounting to 300 calories – on the basis of which the aforementioned conclusions were based.
“Exercise and diet are the two most profound and easily implemented interventions we have in our environment that can reduce our cardiovascular risks,” said Dr William Kraus, senior author of the study and a professor at Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina, US. “There aren’t five drugs on the market when combined that could approach what we saw in this study from moderate calorie restriction.”
So, cut down on things like a slice of cheesecake, two chocolate-chip cookies, a small packet of potato chips, a slice of pizza, or a packet of biscuit and your heart will be thankful.
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