Is There a Benefit to Fasting Plus Calorie Counting?
Not so fast! Daily fasting with calorie restriction may not lead to shedding more pounds than just cutting back on calories, according to the authors of a new study. Over the course of a year, study participants who ate only from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. did not lose significantly more weight than individuals who ate whenever they wanted, nor did they achieve significantly greater improvements in other obesity-related health measures like body mass index (BMI) or metabolic risk, reported lead author Deying Liu, MD, of Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China, and colleagues.
@swastika To learn more, Liu and colleagues recruited 139 adult patients with BMIs between 28 and 45. Individuals with serious medical conditions, such as malignant tumors, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and others were excluded. Other exclusion criteria included smoking, ongoing participation in a weight-loss program, GI surgery within the prior year, use of medications that impact energy balance and weight, and planned or current pregnancy.