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Fasting offers no special weight loss benefits

At six months, both the fasting and the calorie restricted groups had lost 6.8% of their weight

Nicholas Bakalar | NYT 

Alternate-day fasting has gained some popularity as a weight-loss technique, but a rigorous trial has found that it works no better than ordinary calorie restriction. Researchers randomised 100 overweight and obese people to one of three groups: alternate-day fasting; a diet restricted to 75 per cent of regular daily energy intake; and a control group that followed their usual eating plan. The researchers tracked calorie intake, and all participants were generally healthy at the start of the study. At six months, both the fasting and the calorie restricted groups had lost ...

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First Published: Sat, May 06 2017. 22:01 IST
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