Now that spring has finally sprung, some folks can hardly wait to get outside and get their hands back in the dirt. Gardening can pay you back for all the hard work by giving you a beautiful yard, but it’s also good for your mind, the planet and your wallet, too. And new research shows that gardening might also be good for your waistline.
According to a new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, older cancer survivors who started a veggie garden at home ate more produce and kept pounds off. And another study found similar results with first-year college students. Freshmen who gardened ate significantly more fruits and veggies than those who didn’t. And the more they gardened, the more produce they ate.
Research shows eating more fruits and vegetables can help boost weight loss and improve BMI. And the fact that a half hour of gardening burns around 170-calories definitely helps, too.
No backyard? No problem. Lots of produce can be grown in big pots on your patio or balcony. Check to see which garden zone you live in so you know when to plant and then grow what you like to eat and you’re on your way to a healthier diet and you might shed some pounds while you’re at it.