"Eat only when you are really hungry; stop eating right before feeling full". This is the perfect motto for healthy eating in many aspects.
A new study on correlations between eating habits and life quality has showed that people with obesity and without obesity alike who eat less have better stamina, quality of life, sleep, and sexual function.
The researchers assessed young to middle aged men and women with normal BMI values for stages of mood, quality of life, perceived sleep quality, and sexual function. With 15% calorie restriction, participants lost an average of 18 pounds per year and experienced a definite decrease in depression, which points to an improvement in overall mood.
Contrary to the popular belief, eating less with control has no negative effect in terms of quality of life or sleep. Good news! Taking in less calories won't keep you up at night! On top of this, less calorie intake leads to improved sexual drive and relationships. Men especially had higher arousal scores in this group.
So far, everything may sound awesome. But honestly, it can be a lot of work changing something as stern as a habit. As you are reading this, you may ask yourself, "How do I actually change habits with my hands full with work, financials, and family? Won't this just make my life even more complicated than it already is?"
The rewards for even a slight shift in behavior such as eating less is promising. But even expects admit that such change is not easy to reach without help. I think that is why the health and wellness coaches are an essential part of health care team today.
Source: JAMA Intern Med. Published online May 02, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.1189.
Mehriban Ulas, MD, CHC