Losing weight is an uphill battle for many people. Several turn to fad diets and other weight-loss programs to achieve their weight goals. Intermittent fasting is one of the more popular diets nowadays due to media coverage and testimonials from Hollywood celebrities.
However, new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (AHA) appears to cast doubt on intermittent fasting’s efficiency. According to researchers from the nonprofit organization, calorie restriction may be more effective for weight loss than intermittent fasting.
The study spanning six years showed that timing from the first meal to the last meal did not guarantee weight loss. Eating less overall and having fewer large meals resulted in more effective weight management.
For the study, the team of scientists from AHA analyzed the electronic health records of about 550 adults (18 years old and older) who were followed for six years. Their records were obtained from three health systems in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
The participants had at …