Ir­reg­u­lar fast­ing can help in weight loss, boost health

Gulf Times Community - - BODY & MIND -

Are you obese and wor­ried about your ex­cess weight? Take heart. New re­search sug­gests that with ir­reg­u­lar fast­ing and a strictly con­trolled diet, you can lose more weight and im­prove your health too.

The study showed that women who fasted in­ter­mit­tently as well as re­stricted their food im­proved their health more than those who only re­stricted their diet or only fasted in­ter­mit­tently.

Obese women who fol­lowed a diet in which they ate 70 per­cent of their re­quired en­ergy in­take and fasted in­ter­mit­tently lost the most weight.

“Con­tin­u­ously re­strict­ing their diet is the main way that obese women try to tackle their weight,” said lead au­thor Amy Hutchi­son, from the Univer­sity of Ade­laide in Aus­tralia.

“This study is ad­ding to ev­i­dence that in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing, at least in the short term, may pro­vide bet­ter out­comes than daily con­tin­u­ous diet re­stric­tion for health and po­ten­tially for weight loss,” added Leonie Heil­bronn, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor at the var­sity.

By ad­her­ing to a strict pat­tern of in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing and di­et­ing, obese women have achieved sig­nif­i­cant weight loss and im­prove­ments in their health such as de­creased mark­ers for heart dis­ease, said the pa­per, pub­lished in the jour­nal Obe­sity.

For the study, the re­searchers in­volved nearly

100 women aged be­tween 35 and 70 who were over­weight or obese. They fol­lowed a typ­i­cal Aus­tralian diet con­sist­ing of 35 per cent fat, 15 per cent pro­tein and 50 per cent car­bo­hy­drate over 10 weeks.

Par­tic­i­pants who fasted in­ter­mit­tently ate break­fast and then re­frained from eat­ing for 24 hours fol­lowed by 24 hours of eat­ing. The fol­low­ing day they fasted again.

“While the study con­firms that in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing is more ef­fec­tive than con­tin­u­ous diet re­stric­tion, the un­der­ly­ing sig­nal for lim­it­ing peo­ple’s ap­petite, which could hold the key to trig­ger­ing ef­fec­tive weight loss, re­quires fur­ther re­search,” Heil­bronn noted. – IANS

In­ter­mit­tent fast­ing is more ef­fec­tive than con­tin­u­ous diet re­stric­tion, the un­der­ly­ing sig­nal for lim­it­ing peo­ple’s ap­petite, which could hold the key to trig­ger­ing ef­fec­tive weight loss.

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