Cutting down on calories isn't fun, and it definitely isn't easy; but what if it improved your sleep, overall mood and your sex life?
Research published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that people who ate less for two years generally led a better and more satisfying life.
The study was conducted by the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in Louisiana, where scientists studied 218 people who were considered to be of healthy weight.
From there, they asked the participants to either stick to their usual diet or cut 25 per cent of their overall calories for a full two years.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, those who followed the latter diet lost around 10 percent of their body weight, but that wasn't the most interesting discovery.
After just 12 months, those on the diet reported that their overall mental wellbeing had dramatically improved.
Furthermore, they were getting a better nights sleep and they enjoyed sex more.
Of course, if you are feeling better about your health, there is a good chance you will feel more liberated between the sheets.
Corby Martin, one of the main authors of the study, is quoted by Time as saying:
What people report is that after they ‘get over the hump’ and start to lose weight, their hunger levels subside a bit and they start to feel the benefits of the weight loss.
They find it easier to move around, their joints hurt less, they feel better.
However, there was a downside.
Although they managed to stick to the diet for the whole two years, once it was over they fell back into their old routines.
Even though they achieve those benefits, it is just really hard to adhere to these diets over the long term, at least in today’s society.
They’re minnows trying to swim upstream, in a world where it’s very easy to overconsume calories.
With this in mind, Martin and his colleagues have confirmed that they will conduct a follow-up study, to see how the subjects fared once the research had concluded.