Is intermittent energy restriction effective for weight loss in obese patients?



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Project Title: Is intermittent energy restriction effective for weight loss in obese patients? Authors: Christine Pigott, MD

Program: St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency

Abstract: A literature review was conducted to evaluate if intermittent energy restriction (IER) was an effective strategy for weight loss in obese adults. The review included a systematic review and meta-analysis of 6 trials, and a randomized controlled trial. The data suggested that IER is moderately effective for weight loss in obese patients, however, it is no more effective than continuous energy restriction (CER). While IER is effective for reduction in fat mass and waist circumference, hunger ratings are higher in IER compared to CER and may limit continuation.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to… • Define IER and CER. • Evaluate the effectiveness of IER for weight loss. • Compare the effectiveness of IER and CER for weight loss. • Evaluate the effect of IER on cardiometabolic risk factors.

Category: Preventative care

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