Study Shows Intermittent Fasting Helps with Weight Loss and Maintenance
A recent study has found that intermittent fasting, or eating less frequently, can aid in weight loss and help individuals maintain their weight loss goals. While the concept of “eat less, move more” has lost popularity, consuming fewer calories than the body needs remains a reliable method for weight loss.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting involves periodically not eating, which can result in consuming fewer calories overall. However, a person’s physiology, circumstances, or caloric intake can still hinder weight loss goals, regardless of how infrequently they eat.
One Meal A Day (OMAD) Fasting
OMAD fasting is a form of intermittent fasting where an individual eats only one meal a day. While it may seem lazy, it can be challenging to cook and clean up after multiple meals daily. OMAD fasting is a recognized form of fasting.
Krista Varady, a professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois Chicago, led a study on intermittent fasting, which found that it can help people lose weight and maintain their weight loss goals over a year. The study’s results were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The study found that while the weight loss wasn’t significant, equivalent to about 5% of body weight, it was encouraging because it showed that people could maintain the habit over a long period. The results were similar to tracking calories.
Courtney Peterson, a professor of nutrition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who wasn’t involved in the study, said, “This study has the most compelling results suggesting that people can stick with it, that it’s not a fad diet in the sense that people can do it for three months and they fall off the wagon for a year.”
Intermittent fasting is a viable option for weight loss and maintenance. While it may not be suitable for everyone, it can be a useful tool for those looking to lose weight and maintain their weight loss goals.