Reducing around 350 calories a day may improve your heart condition

Cutting around 350 calories from your daily food intake could considerably improve your cardiovascular health, even if you already have the right weight, as per the latest study. Such caloric cut down can be attained through different methods such as by ditching that slice of brownie for dessert or intermittent fasting. During the two years, participants in the research who were on a calorie-restricted diet lowered their blood pressure as well as levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol and saw around 23% drop in concentrations of triglycerides, a kind of fat in the blood.

“A reduction of 350 calories daily refers to the average cutback in calories obtained by the study participants”, as stated by Dr. William Kraus, a distinguished professor at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, who was senior author of this research. “Exercise and diet restriction are the two most profound and easily implemented interventions we have in our environment that can reduce our cardiovascular risks,” he added. “There aren’t any drugs in the market when combined that could approach what we saw in this study from moderate calorie restriction.” The study involved around 217 healthy adults, ages 22 to 55, in three clinical centers across the United States. From 2007 to 2010, 145 of those adults were arbitrarily assigned to start around 20% calorie restriction diet — meaning they tried to restrict 20% of what they would usually take every day; while the remaining 75 adults followed a “free-feeding” or “ad libitum” diet, meaning they ate like every day. “This trial went on for two years, so some participants were able to maintain the restrictions and others were not as successful,” Kraus added.

The researchers found that, in the diet restriction group, levels of total LDL cholesterol and cholesterol decreased considerably after a year, and that transformation was maintained for at least two years, while changes were very small in the ad libitum group. The researchers also found that, in the diet restriction group, the lowering of blood pressure was apparent as early as seven months, reached statistical significance by just in a year time, and persisted for the duration of the research.

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