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Is intermittent fasting or calorie restriction better for weight loss?

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How do intermittent fasting and calorie restriction for weight loss compare? Westend61/Getty Images
  • A study has investigated how intermittent fasting compares with calorie restriction to reduce weight.
  • The results suggest that intermittent fasting is no better than calorie restriction for weight loss and is actually less effective in reducing body fat content.
  • The researchers say that including physical activity as part of an intermittent fasting diet could optimize weight loss.

Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term for diets that restrict food intake to certain time windows. These diets can include fasting for several hours, or even days,

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I Tried Intermittent Fasting for Diabetes and This Is What Happened

My experience reinforced that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to diabetes management.

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, especially for health reasons, you have probably come across articles and blog posts touting the benefits of intermittent fasting.

It’s also known as intermittent energy restriction in dietitian, nutritionist, and health coach circles. Regardless of which term you use, intermittent fasting is a method of voluntarily cycling between fasting and nonfasting time periods.

I started reading about it a few years ago, because I heard it was helpful for those with type 2 diabetes.

Reported benefits include weight loss and a

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