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Is Intermittent Fasting Worse Than Initially Thought?

Association Between Time-Restricted Eating and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality

Time restricted eating and mortality

A recent study from the American Heart Association linked an 8-hour time-restricted fast to a 91% increased risk of cardiovascular disease/death. However, let's break down the details.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Fads Aren't Magic: Just because a dietary protocol is popular doesn’t make it universally beneficial.

  2. Critical Evaluation of Studies: Not all studies are created equal, especially in nutrition.

Intermittent fasting, like many other dietary protocols, has gained a few zealous followers. Some write compelling books with smart words; some are influencers with millions of followers, so you have to believe them, right? Just because some people sound convincing doesn’t mean it’s right. Studies like this can come out at any point and throw a huge spanner in the works.

This study involved 20,000 participants who self-reported their food intake twice in the first year and were followed up over 8 to 17 years. Self-reporting can introduce significant errors, and the study didn't account for factors like exercise, job stress, or other health habits. While the study suggests a link between intermittent fasting and increased cardiovascular risk, it's not conclusive. More rigorous, peer-reviewed studies are needed for definitive answers.

The problem we have now is it seems like both sides of the argument aren’t good. Is intermittent fasting bad? Should I trust the study? The reason I used this study today is to show you that it doesn’t matter; many people will run with this to slate intermittent fasting. I have zero problem with it. At the end of the day, if intermittent fasting helps you eat healthier, exercise more, and feel better, then that will have a more profound effect on your health and mortality than not doing it. However, just because it sounds magic doesn’t mean it is. The best way to be healthier, happier, and fitter is to find the way that you can stick to.

Josh Parkin

Co-founder of The RDA System

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