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Science says it's not better than other weight loss diets

It seems today that everyone has a certain variation of the intermittent fasting cost. From 16: 8 to 5: 2…

It seems today that everyone has a certain variation of the intermittent fasting cost. From 16: 8 to 5: 2 there are shelves of books that sell the benefits of renouncing food and water for digestive benefits.

Researchers from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Heidelberg University Hospital have now conducted the largest survey on intermittent fasting hitherto called HELENA. The conclusion was that while intermittent fasting can help lose weight and promote health, it is not superior to conventional calorie restriction diets.

The German Nutrition Association (DGE), secondly, warns that intermittent fasting is not suitable for long-term weight management. In addition, according to DGE, there is insufficient scientific evidence of the long-term effects of this diet.

“In fact, there are only few minor studies on intermittent fasting up to now, but they have come up with striking positive effects for metabolic health,” said DKFZ’s Ruth Schübel. “It made us curious and we were going to find out if these effects can also be proven in a larger patient group and for a long time.”

In collaboration with a team of DKFZ researchers and researchers from Heidelberg University Hospital, Schübel examined 1

50 obese and obesity studies participants over a year as part of the HELENA study. At the beginning of the study, they were randomly classified into three groups: one third followed a conventional calorie restriction diet that reduced daily calorie intake by 20 percent. The other group maintained a 5: 2 diet plan that also saved 20 percent of calorie intake throughout the week. The control group followed no specific diet plan but was recommended, like all other participants, to eat a balanced diet recommended by DGE. After the actual dieting phase, the investigators documented the participants’ weight and health condition for another 38 weeks.

The result can be as surprising as it is sober for all followers of intermittent fasting. HELENA researchers found that health improvements were the same with both dietary methods. “Participants in both group, body weight and along with it, visceral fat or unhealthy belly fat were lost and extra fat in the liver decreased,” Schübel reported.

The good news is: A slight dieting success is already a big benefit to health. Those who reduce their body weight by only five percent lose about 20 percent of hazardous visceral fat and more than one third of fat in their liver – no matter what diet they have used.

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