A recent study published in the journal Obesity suggests that a healthy diet could help keep your body in shape, at least in some people.
Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, tracked the health of more than 1,000 adults over the course of eight years.
They found that the people who lived in apartments with more than one bedroom were more likely to be obese than those who lived with fewer than two bedrooms.
“We were able to see a significant association between people living in apartments in which the living space had more than two beds, and those who had diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other risk factors,” study author Laura Rocha, a senior scientist in the UCSF Center for Nutrition and Health Promotion, said in a statement.
“There’s evidence that apartments with lots of people living together have a lower likelihood of obesity than apartments with fewer people.”
A healthy diet might also have a negative impact on your weight, but it’s not clear exactly how.
“The results suggest that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and lean meats can be beneficial for weight loss and maintain good health,” Rochas research team wrote.
“However, there is no clear evidence that an optimal dietary pattern can lead to a significant weight loss or weight maintenance.”
A few years ago, Rochs team published a study that suggested a diet low in fat could be better for weight management.
The study found that overweight people on a typical American diet were about twice as likely to die from heart disease than their normal weight counterparts.
That’s partly because of the way they eat and also because their bodies react to unhealthy food, said Roch-Bastien, who is also a UCSF professor of medicine.
It’s not known if that difference persists in people who live with a larger number of people.