In case you’re not keeping up with the latest dieting trends, intermittent fasting consists of assigning yourself days when you eat little or not at all, and then eat like a king for the rest of the week. While this might sound stupid at first, or even a bit dangerous to some, it’s actually quite effective. No wonder more and more people in both the UK and the US have started getting into it.
A new study published in the JAMA medicine journal proved that intermittent fasting is actually as effective as cutting down on your daily calorie intake. Yep, both are exactly equally effective, so it just depends on how you want to pursue your weight loss. Intermittent fasting can be a viable option for those of us that want to lose a considerable amount of weight, but just don’t have the time to organize or change their eating habits and count every calorie they eat.
If you take up intermittent fasting, you simply have to assign two days a week when you don’t eat anything (or if you can’t handle that, eat just a tiny bit), and then eat like you used to in the rest of the week. Of course, that also implies that your regular eating habits are somewhat normal and healthy to begin with. You can binge eat junk food and candy for five days and then just not eat anything for the rest of the week. That’s not how intermittent fasting works.
The study was conducted on 100 obese adults between 2011 and 2015, and the adults were divided into three different groups: one that had to stick to a calorie-restricted diet, one that had to follow intermittent fasting eating habits, and one that didn’t follow any diet at all. And the results were just as we said above: both dietary options as just as good.