Via Alan Aragon


There are now 4 meta-analyses (pooled assessments of the data from several studies) on the health and bodyweight/body composition effects of intermittent energy restriction (IER) compared to daily/continuous energy restriction (CER) in humans [1-4]. The weight of the evidence consistently shows that IER performs no better than CER.

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This can be seen in one of two ways. You can whine and cry that your favorite diet pattern did not show any special effects as promised by Dr. Fung, Dr. Berg, Dr. Axe. Or, you can be happy that neither of these diet patterns Is more advantageous, and thus can be individualized to personal preference & adherence capacity.


Do intermittent diets provide physiological benefits over continuous diets for weight loss? A systematic review of clinical trials.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26384657


Weight-Loss Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Intermittent Energy Restriction Trials Lasting a Minimum of 6 Months.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27338458


Intermittent fasting interventions for treatment of overweight and obesity in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29419624


Intermittent versus continuous energy restriction on weight loss and cardiometabolic outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30583725