Turns out your hips are not the only thing benefiting when you say no to a bunch of extra calories.
In a study, women performed significantly better on memory tests after spending several months on a lower-calorie diet. Yep, that sound you hear when you take a pass on the chip bowl? It's your brain and your hips high-fiving.
Less Food for Thought
In the study, the women who chopped about 30 percent of the calories in their diets for 3 months had better improvements on verbal memory tests compared with women who stuck to their normal diets during that time. Not too surprisingly, the women who ate less lost a few pounds in the process, too.
Improvements in Plastics
At the end of the study, the calorie cutters also experienced drops in their blood levels of insulin and an inflammatory marker known as C-reactive protein. This could explain the brain benefits, since lower levels of inflammation and better sensitivity to insulin may help speed up the brain's signaling powers and improve its plasticity.
Ready to downsize some of your meals and snacks? It's not hard with these easy trimming tricks:
You know that to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you take in. There are only two ways to do this: reduce the number of calories you take in or increase the amount of calories you burn each day. Once you learn to do... this, it will be easier to maintain your weight. More