Did Science Just Find the Best Way to Fast for Weight Loss?

Intermittent fasting is one of the safest and most effective ways to lose weight. There are many different varieties, including the 5:2 and 16:8 diets, but according to a recent analysis conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago, there is one approach that trumps the others in terms of efficacy and adherence.

Unlike the vegan diet or keto dietintermittent fasting is a special kind of diet as it doesn’t restrict what you can eat; it only specifies when you can take your meals. The two most popular versions are the 5:2 diet – with five regular eating days and two fasting days – and the 16:8 diet – where you fast every day for 16 hours and eat for eight – but there are probably hundreds of versions of these two, all being a variation on the theme.

In a recent analysis called “Cardiometabolic Benefits of Intermittent Fasting” (via ScienceDaily), published in the Annual Review of Nutrition in October 2021, researchers concluded that “all forms of fasting reviewed produced mild to moderate weight loss, 1%-8% from baseline weight.”

Excerpted from T3

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