The Magic Number is "300!"

Looking for an easy way to improve your health as you age? 300 just might be your lucky number.

New research shows that if you just cut 300 calories a day from your diet, you increase protection for your heart. Researchers at Duke University discovered the correlation after a 2 year study of 188 people, aged 21 to 50, who were of normal weight or slightly overweight. In the end, the people who ate just a little bit less lost 16.5 pounds. They also had lower blood pressure, lower levels of “bad” cholesterol and greater insulin sensitivity, essential for protection against diabetes.

What’s more, doctors believe this simple plan to cut out 300 calories a day may stave off the effects of aging, and trigger new discoveries that show the very beneficial effects of intermittent fasting, and lead to the creation of drugs that mimic the effects of eating less.

By now, you are asking yourself.. what does 300 calories look like? A short list includes 6 regular-sized Oreos, 3 slices of many cheeses, a slice of pizza, a small bag of potato chips, 2 medium sized potatoes, 3 peanut butter cups, or one avocado.

One last tip. Don’t eat after dinner. Doctors say writing down what you eat can also motivate you to maintain your diet, so long as you include fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich starch, lean plant and animal proteins, and heart-healthy fats.

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