Take the Fast Pat h to Weight Loss
Holistic health experts have long recommended intermittent fasting for healthy weight loss, and now, the first- ever study of its kind confirms these benefits. Researchers from the University of Illinois, Chicago, placed 23 obese individuals on a 16: 8 diet— between the hours of 10 a. m. and 6 p. m. participants could eat any type and quantity of food they desired, but for the remaining 16 hours they could only drink water or calorie- free beverages. After 12 weeks, the researchers found that those who followed the time- restricted eating diet consumed about 350 fewer calories than a matched historical control group from a previous weight- loss trial. Those on the 16: 8 plan lost, on average, 3 percent of their body fat, and also saw related improvements in blood pressure.
“The results are similar to what we’ve seen in studies on alternate- day fasting,” said Krista Varady, corresponding author on the study, “but one of the benefits of the 16: 8 diet may be that it is easier for people to maintain. The take- home message is that there are options for weight loss that do not include calorie counting or eliminating certain foods.”