When people promise that one simple tweak will help us sleep better, lose weight, and increase our sex drive, we tend to be a little skeptical. But that’s what researchers are now claiming in the wake of one two-year study.
For the study, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine, scientists asked 100 average and overweight women and men to cut 25 percent of their daily calorie intake for two years, and compared their results to people who made no dietary changes.
On average, participants on the calorie-restricted diet lost 16.8 pounds. They also reported sleeping better at night, and having an increased sex drive compared to their normal-eating counterparts. (Keep in mind that this study relied on self-reported data, which leaves a lot of room for error.)
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But yeah, participants had to cut a boatload of calories to get those results, which doesn’t sound very easy or enjoyable. In fact, most people couldn’t really pull it off at all. Scientists found that, as a whole, the restriction group only ended up successfully cutting 11.9 percent of their daily caloric intake.
The bottom line: Numerous studies suggest that keeping a healthy weight is good for your sex life and your sleeping habits. And as this study shows, you don’t have to actually go overboard with restricting your calories to see results. Hate tracking cals? Here are seven non-wacky ways to maintain a healthy weight.