Eating between 7 and 15 can lose up to 1 pound in 3 months. This is what emerges from a study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Obese adults who ate within an eight-hour window lost an average of 6.3 kg over 14 weeks, compared with 4 kg in a control group where participants ate when they wanted. According to the researchers, limiting the amount of time we spend eating limits the amount of calories we consume. It is the principle of intermittent fasting, a dietary approach that Hollywood stars like Jennifer Aniston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Nicole Kidman also follow. In October 2019, Aniston said she doesn’t eat breakfast and only consumes liquids in the morning, going as far as eating right in the middle of the day.
The scholars have explained that further research is still needed to understand if this regimen can be followed for a long period or only for short moments. For their research, scientists from the University of Alabama took 90 obese adult Americans and put them on the same diet and exercise regimen. Study participants were mainly women (80%), had a mean age of 43, and had a body mass index (BMI) of 39.6. Those who restricted nutrition within one time slot of the day had benefits in weight loss. But not all studies agree on these benefits.
According to a new study presented at the annual congress of the European Society of Endocrinology held in Barcelona last July, practicing intermittent fasting increases the ‘belly’ and the risk of type 2 diabetes. “This experimental study has shown how intermittent fasting – comments Giorgio Sesti, past president of the Italian Society of Diabetology (Sid) and full professor of internal medicine at the Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro – determines an increase in free radicals, indices of oxidative stress, damage to the beta cells of the pancreas that produce insulin, an increase in visceral fat and an increase in insulin resistance. All these metabolic alterations have increased the incidence of diabetes in the animals that have been subjected to it ”. Image by Aline Ponce from Pixabay.