Intermittent fasting has been the subject of a lot of buzz in recent years, with many people swearing by its effectiveness for weight loss and overall health. However, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in April 2022 titled “Calorie Restriction with or without Time-Restricted Eating in Weight Loss” has shed some light on the actual efficacy of intermittent fasting.
The study followed a group of 250 overweight or obese adults who were randomly assigned to one of three groups: a calorie-restricted diet group, a time-restricted eating group, and a combination group that did both calorie restriction and time-restricted eating. The participants in the calorie-restricted group were instructed to reduce their daily caloric intake by 25%, while those in the time-restricted eating group were instructed to eat all of their meals within a 12-hour window each day.
Over a period of six months, the participants in all three groups lost weight. However, the amount of weight lost was not significantly different between the groups. The calorie-restricted group lost an average of 12.5 pounds, the time-restricted eating group lost an average of 11.3 pounds, and the combination group lost an average of 13.3 pounds. Do you think that is a great outcome?
It’s also important to consider the practicality of intermittent fasting for individuals. While some people may find it easy to stick to a 12-hour eating window each day, others may find it difficult or even impossible.
Despite the hype around intermittent fasting, this study shows that it may not be any more effective for weight loss than other diets.
Overall, the medical community is still exploring the potential benefits and drawbacks of intermittent fasting. While this study suggests that it may not be any more effective for weight loss than other diets. The point is that intermittent fasting like all diets are doing little to dent the now estimated 50% of America is Obese, 50% have high blood pressure, and 1 in 3 adults is pre-diabetic. The great news is that there is now real hope with a revolutionary new approach to health and real weight loss that has just been proven in two new peer-reviewed studies in the Nutrition Journal and the Obesity Journal. The studies utilized a life-changing new approach called the R2M protocol that incorporates Intermittent Nutritional Fasting™ and Protein Pacing®. The results of the two new studies have never been seen in over three decades of research. Participants in the (NJ) and the (OJ) studies were 80% women and no one was allowed to exercise. The weight loss was a mind boggling average of 16 lbs. in 30 days with each person gaining 6% lean muscle mass. The CDC estimates that 92.6% of the people in the U.S. are metabolically unhealthy because they have three of these five factors; overweight, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high tri-glycerides. In the studies in (NJ) and (OJ) all five of those factors came down significantly in just 8 weeks. People also lost 33% of their visceral fat (the fat around the organs of the body) and the studies showed a 25% reduction in inflammation. These results can potentially change the downward trajectory of the health and the weight of the world.