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Is intermittent fasting a deadly diet? Restricted nutrition increases the risk of early death

Is intermittent fasting a deadly diet? Restricted nutrition increases the risk of early death

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PHILADELPHIA — For many people, there is a constant, unpleasant internal monologue telling them to start a new diet or get back to the gym. However, some diets and fitness plans can do more harm than good. Whether it’s intermittent fasting, cutting carbs or switching to Keto, new research advises those restricting their eating habits to be careful. Eating just one meal a day is linked to an increased risk of death in American adults 40 and older, researchers say.

According to the international team, skipping meals can have a detrimental effect on your health. While you might like to shed a few extra pounds, skipping breakfast is linked to a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Likewise, skipping lunch or dinner can lead to a higher risk of death overall.

Meal timing also plays a role in health. For those who eat three meals a day, researchers say meals should be spaced 4.5 hours apart. Otherwise, you may be getting closer and closer to death’s door.

“At a time when intermittent fasting is widely touted as a solution for weight loss, metabolic health, and disease prevention, our study is important to the large segment of American adults who eat fewer than three meals each day. Our research revealed that people who ate only one meal a day were more likely to die than those who had more daily meals,” said lead study author Yangbo Sun in media release.

2 out of 5 people follow a restricted food plan

The researchers analyzed the responses and causes of death of more than 24,000 American adults age 40 and older who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 1999 and 2014. The study collected data on everything from diet for general health in the United States

The researchers found that people who ate fewer than three meals a day (about 40 percent of the participants) shared common characteristics such as lower education, lower income, food insecurityyou drink more alcohol, smoke, and generally have a lower energy intake.

“Our results were significant even after adjusting for dietary and lifestyle factors (smoking, alcohol use, physical activity levelsenergy intake and diet quality) and food insecurity,” adds the study’s senior researcher Wei Bao.

Dr. Bao explains this skipping meals means getting more energy at once, which can reduce your body’s ability to metabolize glucose. This can cause damage to your metabolism.

So the next time you’re considering following the latest diet trend, think twice. Restricting your body’s food (and fuel) intake can have serious long-term consequences, and that’s more important than getting into the next size of jeans.

The study was published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


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