Scientists about weight loss diet that is actually ineffective

12:39   6 May, 2022

The intermittent fasting diet doesn't really work, the study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine reports.

In reality, it's no more effective than simply counting calories, writes Eat This, Not That!

In the study, researchers randomly divided 139 obese patients into groups with time-limited eating schedules, also known as intermittent fasting, and with calorie restriction. The restricted group was allowed to eat only between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The other group simply had a daily calorie restriction without having to eat at a specified time. For one year, both groups had to follow a calorie-restricted diet, which consisted of 1500-1800 calories per day for men and 1200-1500 calories per day for women.

The average weight loss in the time-restricted group was 8.0 kg and in the daily calorie restricted group was 6.3 kg. The results of the analysis also took into account waist circumference, body mass index, body fat, lean body mass, blood pressure, and metabolic risk factors.

It was found that among obese patients, a time-limited dietary regimen was no more beneficial for weight loss, fat loss, or metabolic risk factors than daily caloric restriction.

In addition, there were no significant differences between the groups in the number of unexpected medical problems encountered during the study.

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