It’s the million-dollar question, which diet gives you the best results when it comes to losing weight? This is the query that a team of scientists from New Zealand attempted to establish through a 12-month long research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The team found small differences in the metabolic outcomes among the participants in all diets with the IF diet coming just slightly ahead of the others. However, adherence to the self-selected diet declined rapidly during the course of the study.
For the purpose of the study, the team selected 250 overweight adults who were otherwise healthy. The participants selected from paleo, Mediterranean, or IF diets. They then had to go through a 30 minutes individualized study session on their selected diet. The team measured various aspects such as dietary intake, body composition, weight, physical activity, and blood pressure and indexes.
At the end the 12-month long study, adherence to their self-selected diet fell by 54% (IF), 57% (Mediterranean), and 35% (Paleo). The average weight loss was 4.0 kg for IF diet, 2.8 kg for the Mediterranean diet, and 1.8 kg for the Paleo participants. The team also saw reduced systolic blood pressure in IF and Mediterranean diets. Differences between the different groups were largely insignificant.