Constant starvation may not be as healthy as some have suggested.
A new study on the subject was published in JAMA Internal Medicine – a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal controlled by the American Medical Association – and suggests that a time-limiting diet is not necessarily the best weight loss strategy.
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The study was conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the Cancer Center at the University of Hawaii. After observing the results of weight loss of 116 adults who are considered “overweight”
People who practice periodic fasting abstain from eating for certain hours throughout the day. Some diets do not eat for 24 hours, while others prefer to opt for a high calorie deficit, according to Healthline.
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Proponents of the diet claim that intermittent fasting is an excellent method to lose weight or can contribute to a longer life, but researchers from UCSF and UHCC found that some of the participants in the diet had a significant amount of pure muscle loss.
“The loss of lean mass during weight loss usually represents 20% to 30% of total weight loss,” the study said. “The proportion of net weight loss in this study (approximately 65%) far exceeds the normal range of 20% to 30% … Finally, the degree of net weight loss during weight loss is positively correlated with weight recovery . “
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Despite the warning, the study noted that additional studies should be performed with careful monitoring of participants’ protein intake. The researchers observed 116 participants in just 12 weeks.
Overall, those who practiced intermittent fasting throughout the study lost half a pound more than those who did not limit their eating time.
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“Time-limited nutrition, in the absence of other interventions, is not more effective in losing weight than eating throughout the day,” the study concludes.