The New England Journal of Medicine just published the results of a study by Harvard University researchers demonstrating how relatively small differences in lifestyles can, over time, have major health impacts.
According to Reuters, which covers the results here
, the findings demonstrate that making small lifestyle adjustments like getting more sleep, watching less TV and eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables can lead in the long term to slower rates of weight gain and better overall health.
Scientists believe that fiber-rich, minimally processed foods like whole grains, fruits and vegetables can be so filling that they reduce the temptation to try less healthy foods like potatoes and sugary drinks – foods that the study associates with increased weight gain.
Other lifestyle changes that benefit your body in the long term? Trading TV time for physical activity (no surprise there) and sleeping between six and eight hours per night – no more, no less.