Will the Benefits of Intermittent Fasting Last?

Maybe you are one of the few people who has managed to maintain their weight or even shed unwanted pounds during the pandemic. If not, consider a weight-loss strategy that has picked up steam in recent years – intermittent fasting. As explained by Sharon Smalling, a clinical dietitian specialist within Memorial Hermann Health System, there are several types of intermittent fasting: alternate day fasting; modified fasting, such eating normally for five days and severely restricting calories for two days; and time-restricted fasting, in which meals are eaten during 12 hours with a fast for the other 12 hours.

“The one with the highest adherence rate and probably the easiest to follow is time-restricted,” Smalling said. “(The 12-hour) is very popular and works well with most people’s work schedule as well as being easiest to maintain for a significant amount of time.”

Smalling added that the alternate day fasting model has the highest dropout rate in studies. If fasting is done correctly, you might see the evidence on your scale.

Excerpted from the Leader News

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