Intermittent fasting (IF) has been a popular dietary trend that challenges people to eat during specific periods of time and fast for the rest of the day. Many have been using it to limit the calorie intake and it’s often claimed that IF is great for weight loss, however, a recent study found that IF doesn’t promote weight loss.
The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine and included 151 individuals and lasted for 12 weeks. When it comes to the participants who were clinically overweight or obese, it turned out that IF didn’t mean they would lose weight.
Fasting has always been a part of human culture. There are many different reasons why one decides to fast for a certain period of time and they range from religious to health-related. The most popular way of intermittent fasting is 16:8, which means you would fast for 16 hours and eat all your daily food within an 8-hour window. For some people, this means skipping breakfast, for other skipping dinner, but it ultimately doesn’t matter. The main goal is to limit the number of calories you consume daily and limiting the eating hours is a great way to achieve that.