|4x4 are those the optimal numbers?|
Let's further assume this "someone" was an obese and overweight (BMI ≥ 25), nonsmoking adult (age 26-50 years) woman who has been selected from two clinics related to Weight Loss and Weight Gain Unit, Shohaday Tajrish Hospital and Private Clinic in Esfahan between April 2010 and September 2012.
Now, if you took 74 of these women and randomly allocated them to either the 45% or the 55% arm of the study, you would expect to see a weight loss advantage for the latter, right? Right.
But what if there was another twist to the study? A twist that says: "Eat 4 times per day for eleven days and make sure you leave at least 4h of time to digest between those four meals. Then, eat regular for three days and repeat!" Ha? What would happen?
|Figure 1: Relative weight and fat loss after 12 weeks of dieting and after 4 week follow up (Davoodi. 2014)|
|Figure 2: Reduced hunger and no drop in resting metabolic rate - still asking for the reasons?|
- their "resting metabolic rate tended to remain unchanged" during the CSD phases,
- their plasmaglucose, total cholesterol, and triacylglycerol reductions were greater, and
- their geeling of hunger actually decreased over the course of the 4-week study
- Davoodi, Sayed Hossein, et al. "Calorie Shifting Diet Versus Calorie Restriction Diet: A Comparative Clinical Trial Study." International journal of preventive medicine 5.4 (2014): 447.