Study finds a huge downside to intermittent fasting – Is it the right road to take for weight loss?& |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Intermittent fasting is known as an effective diet for weight loss around the world
- A recent study, however, has found that the diet may actually not be effective at all
- The study found that weight loss experienced during intermittent fasting may actually be due to calorie restrictions
New Delhi: Effective and healthy weight loss is a combination of a healthy diet, regular exercise, and correct lifestyle choices. However, since people find it difficult to stick to a simple, healthy diet plan in routine, various diet forms such as the ketogenic diet, or the intermittent fasting plan have made their way in helping people lose many kilos, in lesser time. As celebrities and influencers practice similar diet plans to stay in shape, people feel even more motivated to try them out.
While people have their inhibitions about most diet plans, some, such as the intermittent fasting has been found to be healthy, and have more health benefits rather than just weight loss. This has led people to adopt intermittent fasting in the two most popular ways – 16:8, and 5:2 intermittent fasting.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting, for the uninitiated, is a diet plan that allows you to eat only through certain hours of the day, or the week, while making you fast during the other time. It works on the principle of fasting, which is known to help you lose weight and stay healthy. Two most popular ways in which intermittent fasting is practised are the 16:8 and 5:2. While the former work on a daily basis, with 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of eating, the latter works on a weakly basis, where you eat for 5 days a week and fast the other two days.
New study finds a huge downside to Intermittent Fasting
The new study is based on a previous study, conducted at the Salk University. When two groups of mice were fed the same amount of calories, they experienced different degrees of weight gain. The group that was on 16:8 intermittent fasting lost more weight than the other group.
Based on the above study, the new study from UCSF focused on humans, instead of mice. A total of 116 people who had BMIs between 27-46 were randomly assigned to follow 16:8 intermittent fasting, or eat throughout the day. After 12 weeks, it was found that the fasting group had an average weight loss of 2 lbs, while the non-fasting group was not far behind, with an average weight loss of 1.5 lbs.
The study, therefore, concluded that intermittent fasting may actually not be effective in weight loss, or even improving other metabolic health markers such as lean mass, blood sugar levels, etc. The study further said that the weight loss during intermittent fasting may have less to do with the time of eating, but more with the restriction of calorie intake.