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One Major Effect Cutting 200 Calories a Day Has on Your Heart, Says Science

For older adults who have obesity, it may seem overwhelming to think about calorie control to lose weight and improve health markers, but a new study in the journal Circulation offers some good news: It doesn't take much to make a difference. Researchers looked at 160 sedentary adults aged 65 to 79, and assigned participants to one of three groups: exercise only with their regular diet; exercise plus moderate calorie restriction of about 200 calories daily; and exercise plus more intensive calorie restriction of approximately 600 calories per day. Heart health was assessed before, during, and after the 20-week study period. RELATED:  Over 60? Do These Exercises Before Breakfast, Say Experts Although participants in both of the calorie restriction groups lost weight, only the moderate calorie group saw a significant change in aortic stiffness measures. That came as a surprise to researchers, according to Tina Brinkley, Ph.D., lead author of the study and associate professor of