Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco claim that intermittent fasting does not help weight loss, as many people believe. It is also very dangerous for the muscles.
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Intermittent fasting is a regimen with intermittent abstinence from food. The most popular method is to skip food for 16 hours a day and eat for the remaining 8 hours.
As part of the experiment, which lasted 3 months, the volunteers were divided into two groups: the first ate according to the usual regimen – three meals a day plus a snack, and the second – on intermittent fasting. By the end of the study, the experts found that no volunteers experienced significant weight loss. In addition, most of the subjects who lost weight lost their muscle mass.
According to the results of scientific work, the benefits and effects of intermittent fasting are clearly overestimated, and it is very dangerous to health. Bloggers are actively promoting this method of losing weight on the Web, and it is gaining popularity among people of different age groups.
Nutritionist Margarita Koroleva told Vechernyaya Moskva that interactive fasting is extremely dangerous for people suffering from gastrointestinal disorders. If you do not seek the advice of a specialist, refusing food for several hours in order to lose weight can lead to even greater health problems.