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Weight loss: Intermittent fasting study proves weight loss benefits


Both of the daily fasting groups cut down on their calorie intake by approximately 550 calories each day, simply by sticking to the schedule.

Krista Varady, professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois, Chicago and co-author of the study, said: “This is the first human clinical trial to compare the effects of two popular forms of time-restricted feeding on body weight and cardiometabolic risk factors.

“The findings of this study are promising and reinforce what we’ve seen in other studies – fasting diets are a viable option for people who want to lose weight, especially for people who do not want to count calories or find other diets to be fatiguing.

“It’s also telling that there was no added weight loss benefit for people who sustained a longer fast — until we have further studies that directly compare the two diets or seek to study the optimal time for fasting, these results suggest that the six-hour fast might make sense for most people who want to pursue a daily fasting diet.”

 



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