The world is filled with randy men in search of better sex, and many come up with creative ways to achieve this goal. But for a large number of them, a simple change in the diet may be the key to seeing an improvement in between-the-sheets action. Men already know that penis health can be impacted by overall body health; now a study indicates that that spare tire or those love handles may be getting in the way of that better sex so many desire.
What is this study?
Entitled “Effect of Calorie Restriction on Mood, Quality of Life, Sleep, and Sexual Function in Healthy Nonobese Adults: The CALERIE 2 Randomized Clinical Trial,” the new study was recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine (published by the American Medical Association). This study looked at 218 people (both men and women) with an average age of 37.9 years. All of the subjects had a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 22 and 28. (A “normal” BMI is usually considered to be 18.5 to 24.9; 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight but not yet obese.)
The scientists divided the subjects into two groups. One group was instructed to eat or drink whatever they wanted. The second group was put on a diet that reduced their calorie intake by 25% for two years.
Not surprisingly, the group on the diet ended up losing a considerable amount of weight over two years – about 12% on average. Also not surprisingly, the “diet” group reported that they had an improvement in their health. They were sleeping better, had a better mood, felt livelier and rated their overall general health as having taken a positive step.
They also reported that they were having better sex. Their sexual drive and their sexual relationships improved in a statistically significant manner.
Why better sex?
It’s not surprising that the group that lost weight experienced a positive impact on their sex lives. In the first place, they were feeling better rested and proper sleep has long been associated with renewed vigor in the bedroom.
The participants also reported that their mood has improved. This also has a direct impact on one’s sex life. In general, most people who are feeling sad, anxious, tense, depressed or other “negative” moods may be less inclined to engage in sex or may find it less fulfilling than those who are cheerful, calm or relaxed. In addition, people often find themselves “sexier” when they are in shape, which can have the psychological effect of encouraging them to seek out sex more frequently or feel more confident in their sexual escapades.