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Fasting Diet 16:8 Linked to Weight Loss

Fasting diets have gained popularity over the past few years but little research has proven how healthy they really are while helping us lose weight. A new study has focused on how time-restricted diets actually benefit your health.

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Lose weight with time-restricted diets, better known as fasting, study. Photo by Motley Health

During the study, researchers put 23 obese participants on the 16:8 diet, a type of intermittent fasting. This form of diet involves eating in an 8-hour window. For this study, the eating times were between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For the 16 hours in between, they only consumed calorie-free drinks like water.

The scientist analyzed factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, and fat mass for 12 weeks. Results were compared to separate weight loss trials between 2011 and 2015.

Participants who ate between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. consumed 350 less calories, ending in a three percent body weight loss. Their blood pressure dropped as well but insulin resistance, cholesterol levels and fat mass were about the same compared to the control group.

Krista Varady, one of the study’s authors and associate professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Applied Health Sciences, mentioned in a statement that the real message from the study is that eliminating certain foods or counting calories are not the only effective methods for losing weight.

The authors noted that the results reflect those from previous studies of other forms of intermittent fasting, including alternate day fasting, where an individual eats normally every other day.

I normally have an eight-hour window myself when it comes to my diet. I usually eat between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. If I do become very hungry at night, I will eat some fruit before I go to bed. When I work out a few times a week combined with my fasting, I have been able to lose belly fat much faster than any other diet I have tried.

Varady mentioned that the 16:8 is much easier for individuals maintain compared to other fasting diets.

Still, more research is needed to see how this diet compares to other fasting diets in terms of health benefits and weight loss. This is only a small study but it does show some promising effects of how fasting can help you lose weight. In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a diet and exercise plan that works for you. Weight loss is different for everyone, so finding a program that you can maintain is important if you want to lose weight.

Source: G. Kashmira; “16:8 Fasting diet linked to weight loss and health benefits in study” www.newsweek.com June 19, 2018

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Is Fasting Better for Weight Loss?

Although you may dislike the everyday restrictions of a conventional diet, a new study suggests that fasting one day and eating anything you want the next may not be better for weight loss.

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Fasting every other day may not be better for weight loss, study. Photo by Daily Burn

At the end of one year, researchers discovered that weight loss on either type of diet was about the same. There was a 6 percent weight loss on the alternate-day fasting diet and a little over 5 percent for the ones on a daily restricted diet.

“We thought the alternate-day fasting group would do better. It allows people to have a break from dieting every other day, so we thought their adherence would be better,” explained lead author Krista Varady.

“But it turns out people in both diets lost the same amount of weight,” said Varady. She’s an associate professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“People in the alternate-day fasting group were eating more than the 500 calories prescribed on the fast day, but a lot less than the calories prescribed on the feast day. That’s why they lost the same amount of weight,” she explained.

However, “people who stuck to the [alternate-day fasting] diet lost 20 to 50 pounds in a year,” Varady added. “It does work for some people.”

In the study, 100 obese people were randomly assigned to an alternate-day fasting diet, a conventional diet, or no diet at all.

People assigned to the conventional diet managed to stick to their diet goals better than the alternate-day fasting group, says researchers.

The dropout rates said it all: nearly 40 percent of the alternate-day fasting group gave up, while only 30 percent of the conventional diet group and 26 percent of control group quit.

Sticking to just 500 calories a day is very difficult but reducing your calories by 25 percent is much easier so a conventional diet would be a better choice for many.

The fasting diet appeared to be safe, she added. On fast days, people were encouraged to eat a lot of protein, because protein makes you feel full, she said. Whole grains are also a good choice because they can suppress your appetite as well.

In terms of weight loss, all calories are the same, but not all calories are healthy ones, Varady said. On days people could eat anything, some ate bags of chips and still lost weight, she noted. Snacks are not a good choice if you are trying to receive better health benefits even if you still lose weight.

“If you are reducing your food intake, you are going to lose weight, but in terms of health benefits, people should try to eat less processed foods and more fruits and vegetables,” Varady said.

Even though some have been fasting for years and love this lifestyle, this is not for everyone. You must find a diet that works for you and stick to it long term for successful weight loss.

Source: Krista Varady, Ph.D., associate professor, kinesiology and nutrition, University of Illinois, Chicago; Samantha Heller, M.S., R.D., senior clinical nutritionist, New York University Medical Center, New York City; May 1, 2017, JAMA Internal Medicine, online

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Fat Loss With Intermittent Fasting

Reducing calories with intermittent fasting or daily, long-term calorie restriction for fat loss can seem strange, but it’s a diet strategy that has been around for a long time—and gaining recognition lately. New research demonstrates that intermittent fasting makes you cognitively sharper in addition to lowering your risk of chronic disease and possibly helping you live longer.

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Intermittent fasting may help you lose weight and improve cognitive performance, according to new study published in Cell Metabolism. Photo by Healthy Geeks

When I think about chronic fasting for weight loss, I instantly feel like I am starving myself by reducing calories but there is some good news! We may be able to receive some of those benefits from cutting our calorie intake just by five days each month, according to a new study published in Cell Metabolism.

Scientist from the University of South California, Los Angeles (UCLA) put 19 people on a diet for five days a month for three months. On the first day, the diet was restricted to 1,090 calories; days two through five allowed them 725 calories. On the rest of the days, the participants were given to opportunity to eat whatever they wanted (Cell Metabolism 2015). Their blood sugar and inflammatory levels improved in the end, even when they begin to eat normally.

These participants were surveyed by researchers and were given a carefully balanced diet so engaging in your own fasting diet is not always a good choice. Experts still don’t recommend long-term calorie restriction and intermittent fasting as a “one-size-fits-all” diet plan.

Fat loss involves diet and exercise so getting physical activity is a must if you are trying to lose weight effectively. Abs does start in the kitchen and that is why healthy eating is equally important as exercise. For those of you that are not completely sold on intermittent fasting for fat loss, here is a 725-caloire diet plan you can use:

Breakfast: Layer two rye crispbreads (55 calories) with sliceLayer Two Crisp Breads from ¼ avocado. Add a sliced boiled egg with a sprinkled of smoked salt.

 

Lunch: Try a large salad with 2 cups of lettuce, 1 cup cherry tomatoes, 1 sliced cucumber, 3 ounces of light tuna, 1/3 cup of thawed frozen corn, 2 teaspoons of red vinegar and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Tuna salad

Dinner: Black bean soup. Add 1 cup of spinach to 1 cup of black bean soup (140 calories) with extra heat and water. Black bean soup

Desert or Snack: 1 cup of cherries.

 

 

 

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: Brandhorst, S. et al. “A Periodic Diet that Mimics Fasting Promotes Multi-System Regeneration, Enhanced Cognitive Performance, and Healthspan” Cell Metabolism www.cell.com 7 July 2015