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Mediterranean Diet Better Than Intermittent Fasting For Weight Loss, Study Claims

Losing weight should be straightforward and simple, but it’s not. Given today’s numerous health fads that come and go, it gets harder, especially in choosing (and sticking to) a diet plan that would bring you the best results. Thankfully, there’s now even more research that suggest what diet you really should be laying your eyes on.

This is because most recently, researchers  from the University of Otago, New Zealand, looked at 250 overweight but otherwise healthy participants that were all assigned to three of the most famous diet plans that we have today, namely paleo, intermittent fasting and the Mediterranean diet.

From there, the researchers decided to compare how well these participants would be able to stick to the diet over the course of 12 months. The researchers did this via daily self-weighing and a calorie counting app, and then proceeded to measure each person’s weight and body fat by the end of the study.

With the results published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers found out that regardless of the diet type, only 35-57 percent of the participants were able to stick to the diet for the entire 12 months. However, that’s where the similarities start and end because the findings also showed that some diets were more effective than others by the end of the study.

For instance, the researchers found that people struggled in maintaining the Mediterranean diet the most, while fasting was easily the diet that provided the most weight loss. The Paleo diet participants, on the other hand, showed the least amount of weight loss, even if the amount of them that stuck to the diet stuck with it for the entire year.

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Overall, the findings showed that intermittent fasting is the only diet that showed continuous weight loss. However, its participants still had trouble restricting calories because they were encouraged to eat high-protein foods with low carb vegetables and greens.

But while intermittent fasting is the best at health loss, the Mediterranean diet is the healthiest pick in terms of overall health benefits and sustainability, despite its participants struggling to maintain it.

Mediterranean Diet Health experts consider the Mediterranean diet as one of the healthiest diets ever created, which focus on natural food, mainly plants combined with healthy fats. Pixabay