Does Quality Matter With Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a popular weight loss technique, but there are a few considerations that physicians should keep in mind when discussing it with their patients, according to a presenter at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting. 

In her presentation, Michelle McMacken, MD, FACP, an associate professor of medicine at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and executive director of nutrition and lifestyle medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals, polled the audience, asking which eating pattern had the most “buzz” around it. Although there was a lot of interest in the keto, DASH and plant-based diets, patients were most often asking about intermittent fasting.

The popular technique has previously shown benefits for weight loss, regardless of which variation patients use. However, McMacken said a key point to note “is that there is really no evidence that intermittent fasting is any better for weight loss than just traditional calorie restriction.”

Excerpted from Healio

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