Too Good

14 November, 2012

A recent study revealed that practicing a high level of dietary restraint, such as never allowing yourself to become full when you eat, may lower bone mineral content over time. Of course, this doesn't give you license to stuff yourself, but you don't have to habitually go "underboard" either to stay in good health.

Researchers speculate that extreme dietary restraint releases stress hormones into the blood, and those stress hormones may weaken bones. To keep your bones healthy, make weight-bearing exercises and sensible food servings your mainstay, and be sure to get 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D per day. 

SOURCES: Dietary restraint, exercise, and bone density in young women: are they related? McLean, J. A., Barr, S. I., Prior, J. C., Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2001 Aug;33(8):1292-1296.

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