Take the Fast Pat h to Weight Loss

Better Nutrition - - TRENDWATCH -

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.”

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