Intermittent fasting or the 5:2 diet would help eliminate fat in the blood more quickly and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Intermittent fasting had already shown its effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of obesity and prolonging the life of cells. This new study published in the medical journal British Journal of Nutrition reveals that the 5:2 diet, a form of intermittent fasting, would reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Researchers at the University of Surrey in the UK compared the effects of a low-calorie diet and a 5:2 diet on metabolism and the elimination of fats and glucose.
For the study, overweight volunteers were assigned either to the 5:2 diet, which consisted of eating normally for 5 days and consuming only 600 calories during the 2 days of fasting, or to a daily low calorie diet at 1400 Kcal for women and 1,900Kcal for men.
It took 59 days for the 5:2 group to lose 5% of their weight and 73 for the low calorie diet group.
But, the researchers also found that following weight loss, participants in the 5:2 group continue to eliminate fats (triglycerides) faster and more effectively than other volunteers. Scientists have also noticed a greater reduction in arterial systolic pressure associated with decreased risk of heart attack and stroke.