Intermittent fasting reduces calorie intake. It also lowers the insulin level, boosts human growth hormone and increases norepinephrine. This facilitates the breakdown of fat in your body and increases its metabolism.
Note some of the following studies to understand whether IF helps with weight loss or not:
In a 2020 study released by the Jama Network, individuals following the 16/8 schedule showed no significant difference in weight loss. However, a 12-week study showed substantial evidence of loss of muscle mass.
As far as the alternate fasting day is concerned, only 69% of the participants remained fasting.
On the other hand, the 5:2 schedule showed substantial weight loss and lowered insulin levels in women.
Key Takeaway: The effectiveness of intermittent fasting for weight loss depends on the schedule you choose, lifestyle, and eating habits. Additionally, it is imperative to choose a fasting schedule that fits your body the most. This makes your dietary habit sustainable and yields effective results in the long run.