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How Cutting Calories Can Improve your Sex, Mood and Sleep

How Cutting Calories Can Improve your Sex, Mood and Sleep
May 05
13:38 2016

Most people dread having to count calories. That means you have to limit what you eat daily and food lovers hate to do that!

But, what if I told you that you could improve your mood, sleeping patterns and even sex life by cutting down on calories? Wouldn’t that motivate you to stay on that lower calorie diet?

In a recent study by Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 200 healthy men and women between 20-50 years old were divided into two groups. All subjects had a BMI between 22-28, meaning they were either healthy or overweight. One group was given a restricted diet by 25%, while the other group could eat as much as they wanted for two years.

At the end of the study, it was determined that the group with the restricted diet had less stress, better moods, less sleepless nights and an increase sex drive. However, it’s important to note that the study subjects self-reported the quality of their sleep, sex and mood.

Not only that, this group was physically healthier and lost weight during the study’s time period. Individuals in this group lost an average of 16.8 pounds, while the members in the other group did not experience any weight loss.

As most know, dieting is not easy. The average calorie restriction was closer to 11.9% versus the 25%. It can be presumed that if the percentage was closer to 25%, the weight loss results and other benefits would have been improved.

“The key message from our study is that achieving about a 12 percent calorie restriction over two years and losing 10 percent of your body weight resulted in positive effects on mood, quality of life and sexual function,” said the lead researcher, Corby Martin to CNN.

Interestingly enough, the men in the control group (those who could eat whatever they wanted) had a higher level of sexual arousal than the calorie restricted men. But, in terms of more variables, including sex drive, orgasms, sexual cognition and fantasy, sexual behavior and experience, the restricted calorie group scored higher as a whole.

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