By Amy Norton
TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) — More and more people are turning to “intermittent fasting” to lose weight, but the jury is still out on whether the tactic works.
In a new clinical trial, researchers found that one type of intermittent fasting did help overweight and obese adults drop a couple of pounds over 12 weeks. But they fared no better than a comparison group who ate whenever they wanted.
The findings conflict with some recent studies suggesting the diets are effective. And researchers said this is not the final word on intermittent fasting.
For one, many people find the tactic easy to follow, according to Krista Varady, a professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
And that’s a plus, she said, since lasting weight loss requires sustainable lifestyle changes.
Varady, who was not involved in the new study, does