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Intermittent Fasting: An Old Idea in New Clothes

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is a popular and trendy program now in fashion for weight loss. A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported on the benefits and risks from using IF for weight loss and as a help for managing type 2 diabetes.

IF is defined as “ time restricted feeding” or fasting on alternative days or during 1-4 days of the week, with only water, juice, or bone broth and no more than 700 calories on fasting days”. But to date, IF, especially in patients with type 2 diabetes has only been studied in a few short-term trials and provided only limited evidence of its benefits. In essence, IF is a program designed to intentionally disrupt energy (calorie) intake for extended periods of time on a regular schedule. Because it mandates a reduced calorie intake. IF, can result in weight loss with improved blood sugar levels, lower A1c levels and reduced blood pressures- but all because of weight loss. All of these benefits occur because of a reduction of weight, specifically fat stores in the abdominal (visceral) area, whether it occurs through IF or any other reduced calorie weight loss program. IF may appear to make calorie restriction easier because of its detailed ‘eating time’ regiment, but that is the extent of IF. It is not the times of eating, but the reduction of calorie intake, with less snacking and less emotionally induced stress eating that matters on a 24-hour basis, irrespective of the time of eating or times between eating that is the essential point for achieving weight loss.

As an obesity medicine specialist who wants to help overweight individuals lose their excess weight by providing them with more than the worn-out suggestion to ‘eat less and move more”, I developed two safe and effective weight management tools; Attenuate and AttenuSlim. These clinically tested and scientifically proven tools help promote weight loss by; 1) reducing appetite; 2) decreasing hunger; 3) curbing and reducing cravings for carbohydrates and refined sugars; 4) lowering the level of the stomach hunger hormone Ghrelin; and 5) reducing the size of the abdominal, hip and waist collections of fat. Since these products have helped thousands of my patients lose weight and keep it off, I’m sure they will help you as well. To find out more about Attenuate and AttenuSlim please go to: Peter Vash M.D.,M.P.H.

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