Intermittent Fasting and Hypocaloric Diets: A study for emerging trend in Weight loss
Dr Sharma Luxita*, Maj Gen (Dr) Singh Mahavir**
*Head, Dietetics & Applied Nutrition, Amity Medical School Amity University, Gurgaon
**Professor and Dean, Faculty of Health & Allied Sciences, Amity University, Gurgaon
Online published on 24 February, 2016.
The purpose of this study was to see the association of dietary and physical activity pattern in young adults. Further, experiments were conducted to determine the worth of the methods namely – cardio exercise for 30 minutes and intake of hypocaloric diet in form of intermittent fasting alongwith other methods adopted in weight loss by the obese young adults (18 - 25 years) in their past life. The study was carried out on five hundred obese subjects from the regions of Kurukshetra and Delhi (NCR).
The Obese subjects were frustrated of starving and with overburden of exercise. They were ready to follow any kind of regime to reduce weight and in the past also they had undergone many treatments also. The subjects were counseled about dietary pattern to be followed. The BMI, Total skin fold thickness and fat percentage was calculated before and after the interventions. There was a positive correlation between anthropometric measures and their dietary intake before as well as after the study. The more they eat there was increase in Anthropometric parameters and vice versa. But in the past history indicated that forty per cent of the subjects had no results despite of following all the methods for weight loss. With the method of intermittent fasting combined with half an hour exercise resulted in weight loss upto 4–6 kgs per month. This was a significant (P < 0.01) result of the hypocaloric diets and intermittent fasting.