Experts Say People Following Intermittent Diet Will Witness Lean Muscle Loss Rather Than Weight Loss

Kathleen Kinder
Kathleen Kinder

Updated · Oct 12, 2020

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A group of experts has found that intermittent fasting might not be suitable for weight loss. They have found that people who follow a time-restricted diet might witness significant lean muscle loss. Loss of lean muscle contributes to 20 to 30 percent of total weight loss. The study finds that amount of lean muscle loss during the intermittent fasting goes beyond the normal range of 20 to 30 percent. The study has shown that there has been nearly 65 percent lean muscle loss during the intermittent fasting. Experts have said that the proportion of lean muscle loss is linked to weight regain as well. This study has been published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. It has been conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, and Hawaii Cancer Center.

Scientists have analyzed around 116 adults who have been overweight or obese. They have found that people who have been practicing intermittent diet have not shown any significant results than those who have a normal diet. People who follow an intermittent diet are refrained from eating for some hours throughout the day. Some people take less calorie food and some people do not eat for 24 hours while practicing this type of diet plan. Well, some experts completely oppose the findings of the new study. They have said that intermittent fasting is the best strategy for weight loss and it contributes to a longer life as well.

In the new study, the volunteers have been observed only for 12 weeks. Experts, who have conducted the new study; believe that there is a need for further study for more conclusive findings. They have said that experts need to be vigilant about participants’ protein intake. Scientists have said that intermittent fasting does not make any significant change in people’s weight. During the study, they have found that participants, who have been following a time-restricted diet plan, have been able to lose only half a pound more weight than those who have been following a normal diet plan at typical intervals. Experts have advised people to follow the diet plan after consulting their dietician or healthcare provider.

Kathleen Kinder

Kathleen Kinder

With over four years of experience in the research industry, Kathleen is generally engrossed in market consulting projects, catering primarily to domains such as ICT, Health & Pharma, and packaging. She is highly proficient in managing both B2C and B2B projects, with an emphasis on consumer preference analysis, key executive interviews, etc. When Kathleen isn’t deconstructing market performance trajectories, she can be found hanging out with her pet cat ‘Sniffles’.