Intermittent fasting best for weight loss; Mediterranean diet more sustainable – Know the difference
Intermittent fasting best for weight loss; Mediterranean diet more sustainable – Know the difference | Photo credits: Unsplash
- A new study has found that intermittent fasting helps in most weight loss, while the Mediterranean diet is a more sustainable diet plan
- Know the difference between the two, and which one should you pick for your lifestyle and goals
New Delhi: Diet plays a very important role in weight loss, and a proper diet plan can make the process of eating healthy and losing weight more convenient and sustainable. However, some of the popular diets for weight loss, like the ketogenic diet, which was also one of the top diet trends in India last year, are a little controversial, as some studies have found evidence that they may not be healthy.
Another diet that topped the trends in 2019 in India was intermittent fasting, which was not only found to be a healthy way to lose weight but was also linked with other health benefits. However, a new study has found that another diet, hailed for its benefits, maybe more sustainable than intermittent fasting.
According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand got 250 overweight, but otherwise healthy participants, when chose one of the three diets – Mediterranean, Paleo, and Intermittent fasting. It was compared how the participants were able to stick to the diet chosen by them, for 12 months. A calorie-counting app, daily self-weighing, body fat and weight measurements were considered at the beginning and end of the study. It was found that only 35 to 57 per cent of participants were able to stick to their chosen diet for one full year. The study also found that intermittent fasting led to most weight loss. However, the Mediterranean diet was the easiest to sustain, apart from the challenge of limiting processed foods.
What is the difference between the Mediterranean diet and Intermittent Fasting?
While one leads to maximum weight loss, the other is more sustainable. Given that so many options are available when it comes to diet plans, it is important to understand the difference between the two diets at hand and determine which one works the best for each individual.
|Intermittent Fasting||Mediterranean Diet|
|Intermittent fasting includes restricting the time of eating, rather than the food.||Mediterranean diet includes following a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables and restricts processed foods.|
|Intermittent fasting can be done in two ways – the 16:8 method, or the 5:2 method.||Mediterranean diet is more restrictive than the Intermittent fasting, in terms of the food you eat.|
|Intermittent fasting can help with weight loss considerably. It helps to reduce calorie consumption, and burn stored fat as energy.||Mediterranean diet is preferred more as a way of healthy living and is considered a healthy diet for the heart. It may help in weight loss, but cannot be called a weight-loss diet particularly.|
|The intermittent fasting method is more sustainable than keto and other diets in the long term. However, people tend to feel hungry during the fasting period.||A study has found that the Mediterranean diet is the most sustainable, except limiting the consumption of processed food.|
Final verdict – which one should you pick?
The diet you should pick and follow depends majorly on your goals. If you are looking to lose weight, intermittent fasting has been hailed as one of the best diets for weight loss. However, if you are at a high risk of heart diseases, the Mediterranean diet may be the way to go. If you are not obese but just slightly overweight, the Mediterranean diet may be a better choice for you because it will help you to lose weight over time, while keeping your body healthy in a sustainable way.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.