Praised by nutritionists, intermittent fasting has gained ground by becoming a new mode offeed. Less restrictive than the others diets, he quickly found his followers. As a reminder: its principle is that we lose our kilos by alternating the phases of normal food with phases ofcomplete abstinence. the fastingthe most popular form of this dietconsists of alternating an 8-hour food intake period with a 16-hour fasting period.
However, according to the latest studies from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, intermittent fasting is not the best method for losing weight. “Even though previous research has suggested that intermittent fasting could improve the rhythms of theorganization and regulate the metabolism, underlines in its press release Wendy L. Bennett, author of the work, this study carried out with a large group did not make it possible to establish this link. According to her, it is quite difficult to carry out rigorous large-scale clinical trials on intermittent fasting for long-term weight change. However, even short-term intervention studies can be useful in guiding future recommendations.
Intermittent fasting is not so effective for weight loss?
According to researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, meal frequency and calorie intake are more determining factors of weight loss or weight gain than the time interval between the first and last meal. In the study published in the journal Journal of the American Heart Association, they followed for six months 547 people, aged 51 on average.
Study participants had to download and use an application which recorded their sleep and meal times. According to these data, scientists obtained information about their weight and their comorbidities volunteers at each consultation. These same data allowed the researchers to measure the time elapsed between the first and last meal, the time between waking up and the first meal, and the interval between the last meal and sleep.
They were able to conclude that stopping eating at certain times of the day – as is the case with the intermittent young – would not be so effective for losing weight. The amount of food consumed would have more impact on weight lossaccording to the researchers.
Calorie intake affects weight variation
According to the survey results, the average interval between the first and last meal was 11.5 hours. However, meal timing was not related to weight change, including the interval between first and last mealbetween waking up and taking a first meal, between taking the last meal, going to bed and the total duration of sleep.
On the other hand, the number of meals per day and their volume were directly associated with the change in weight. According to the results of the study, eating meals over 1,000 calories was leading weight gainwhich means that participants who ate meals under 500 calories, managed to to lose weight.
However, new research are needed to confirm these first results. Before throwing away the young intermittent, you probably have to wait a bit. And above all, don’t fall into the trap overly restrictive diets who only do promote weight gain.