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Michael BacolFollow

Start Date

18-8-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

18-8-2017 11:30 AM

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Abstract

Background: The practice of voluntarily abstaining from food has traditionally been seen as a religious observance. However, as the nation’s prevalence of obesity continues to rise along with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the concept of fasting has recently gained momentum as a means of achieving weight control. Intermittent fasting (IF) as a weight control protocol has become a popular intervention in weight control.

Objective: The purpose of this literature review was to examine the health benefits of intermittent fasting.

Methods: A computerized online search was utilized to populate research articles. Databases used included PubMed, CINAHL, & PsychInfo, using a combination of the following keywords/phrases: intermittent fasting, alternate day fasting, intermittent energy restriction, and obesity interventions. Studies included in the integrative literature review were randomized clinical trials of IF protocol intervention on obese subjects.

Results: After a review of the literature obese subjects were found to have decreases in body weight, improved cholesterol and increased insulin sensitivity.

Conclusion: The findings suggest that IF protocols can help achieve weight control. However, further research will need to be conducted to explore the long term effects of IF.

Keywords: intermittent fasting, alternate day fasting, intermittent energy restriction, obesity

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Aug 18th, 10:00 AM Aug 18th, 11:30 AM

The Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Abstract

Background: The practice of voluntarily abstaining from food has traditionally been seen as a religious observance. However, as the nation’s prevalence of obesity continues to rise along with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the concept of fasting has recently gained momentum as a means of achieving weight control. Intermittent fasting (IF) as a weight control protocol has become a popular intervention in weight control.

Objective: The purpose of this literature review was to examine the health benefits of intermittent fasting.

Methods: A computerized online search was utilized to populate research articles. Databases used included PubMed, CINAHL, & PsychInfo, using a combination of the following keywords/phrases: intermittent fasting, alternate day fasting, intermittent energy restriction, and obesity interventions. Studies included in the integrative literature review were randomized clinical trials of IF protocol intervention on obese subjects.

Results: After a review of the literature obese subjects were found to have decreases in body weight, improved cholesterol and increased insulin sensitivity.

Conclusion: The findings suggest that IF protocols can help achieve weight control. However, further research will need to be conducted to explore the long term effects of IF.

Keywords: intermittent fasting, alternate day fasting, intermittent energy restriction, obesity

 

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