More and more health minded individuals are becoming interested in the therapeutic benefit of intermittent fasting and caloric restriction. And this “health trend” appears to be especially beneficial for those struggling with type-2 diabetes and/or obesity, says a recent scientific study.1
Limiting caloric intake through low-calorie diets (LCDs) or intermittent fasting can be effective in addressing body fat mass
Obesity and metabolic disorders, such as type-2 diabetes (T2D), go hand in hand. The treatment and prevention of these conditions has become a plague for modern healthcare to understand and handle.
A major goal in treating T2D is to control blood sugar levels, which is commonly achieved conventionally through pharmacological agents. However, for many people there is a desire to use non-pharmacological methods to control blood sugar. Two predominant methods to achieve a more controlled blood glucose has been shown to be increased physical activity and reduction in body fat mass. Limiting caloric intake through low-calorie diets (LCDs) or intermittent fasting schedules can be effective in addressing body fat mass.
Low-calorie diets (LCDs) and Intermittent fasting (IF)
LCDs typically reduce daily caloric intake by 25% to 30%. LCDs are generally individualized depending on a person’s energy requirements, severity of obesity, and other diseases and treatments. Intermittent fasting (IF) involves restricting calorie consumption for one day or several days a week, or everyday as a prolongation of the overnight fast.
The conclusions of recent clinical trials
The conclusions of recent clinical trials found that LCDs and intermittent fasting can help reduce body fat mass in obese individuals as well as improve metabolic parameters – not merely blood glucose. These beneficial results are thought to not only arise from the loss of body mass, but also from the activation of metabolic pathways specific to fasting conditions.
- Zubrzycki A, Cierpka-kmiec K, Kmiec Z, Wronska A. The role of low-calorie diets and intermittent fasting in the treatment of obesity and type-2 diabetes. J Physiol Pharmacol. 2018;69(5)
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