Intermittent Fasting Makes Healthy Eating Simpler

Intermittent Fasting Makes Healthy Eating Simpler

Intermittent Fasting May Help You Hold on to Muscle When Dieting
One of the worst side effects of dieting, is that the body tends to burn muscle as well as fat (17Trusted Source).

Interestingly, there are some studies showing that intermittent fasting may be beneficial for holding on to muscle while losing body fat.

In one review study, intermittent calorie restriction caused a similar amount of weight loss as continuous calorie restriction, but with a much smaller reduction in muscle mass (18Trusted Source).

In the calorie restriction studies, 25% of the weight lost was muscle mass, compared to only 10% in the intermittent calorie restriction studies (18Trusted Source).

One study had participants eat the same amount of calories as before, except in just one huge meal in the evening. They lost body fat and increased their muscle mass, along with a host of other beneficial changes in health markers (19Trusted Source).

However, there were some limitations to these studies, so take the findings with a grain of salt.

BOTTOM LINE:
There is some evidence that intermittent fasting can help you hold on to more muscle mass when dieting, compared to standard calorie restriction.
Intermittent Fasting Makes Healthy Eating Simpler
In my opinion, one of the main benefits of intermittent fasting is the simplicity of it.

I personally do the 16/8 method, where I only eat during a certain “feeding window” each day.

Instead of eating 3+ meals per day, I eat only 2, which makes it a lot easier and simpler to maintain my healthy lifestyle.

The single best “diet” for you is the one you can stick to in the long run. If intermittent fasting makes it easier for you to stick to a healthy diet, then this has obvious benefits for long-term health and weight maintenance.

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