Fewer calories beats intermittent fasting for weight loss, study says
Eating smaller meals and reducing calories is an effective way to manage weight than intermittent fasting, when consumption is limited to a narrow window of time.
That's the conclusion of researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who studied the eating, sleeping and waking patterns of 547 adults over a six-month period.
Their findings appear Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
They also found that the time period between the first and last meal was unrelated to weight change.
Lead study author Di Zhao, PhD, an associate scientist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, said the findings could not prove whether meal frequency and total calorie intake were stronger risk factors for weight change than meal timing. .