Intermittent fasting is all the rage these days. While almost everyone is in quarantine, many are trying their best to shed pounds. People are trying out all sorts of eating plans, and intermittent fasting (IF) is one of the most popular options.
It’s not that hard to see why intermittent fasting has been getting a lot of attention even before the coronavirus pandemic started. Researchers have already established how IF is safe and incredibly effective in promoting weight loss. Harvard Health Publishing has also cited different studies to back the claim that IF can really lead to weight loss.
Unfortunately, some dieters who have tried intermittent fasting complained that this eating eating program didn’t work for them. If you are experiencing the same thing while on IF, then now is the perfect time for you to know why you are struggling to burn fat despite following IF religiously.
Apparently, a new study has found that there are people who cheat on their intermittent fasting diet without even realizing it. And this could also be the reason why you are right now not satisfied with IF.
For the study, researchers observed a group of male participants subjected to two trials that involved calorie restriction. For the first trial, the participants were informed that they will be having a very low-calorie diet the next day. Their eating habits and physical activity were measured the day before the first trial.
For the next trial, which was a controlled trial, participants ate a typical diet instead of the very low-calorie diet. Again, the participants’ eating habits and physical activity were measured before and after the trial.
The researchers found that the participants consumed more food before the first trial because they were aware that they would have to limit their intake during it. Their physical activity was also lower the day before the trial and it dropped even more during the trial.
In order for the intermittent fasting diet to work, calories burned must actually exceed calories consumed to cause a calorie deficit. According to Healthline, a calorie deficit is what is needed to enjoy healthy and sustainable weight loss. Hence, eating a little more and reducing physical activity before fasting could greatly affect the outcome of the diet.
“Being more mindful when eating before and after a period of calorie restriction and incorporating exercise into diet plans, could help increase the likelihood of intermittent fasting leading to weight loss,” David Clayton, one of the researchers in the study, wrote.