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Intermittent vs. Continuous Energy Restriction for Weight Loss and Metabolic Improvement

Feb 9, 2021
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: Anina Pham, PharmD. Candidate, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Pharmacy

In a recent study, participants with overweight or obesity were compared by intermittent energy restriction (IER) or continuous energy restriction (CER) to see which has a more significant effect on weight loss. Intermittent energy restriction consisted of periods of a low energy diet of 500 to 600 kcal, alternating with periods of unrestricted food intake. A continuous energy restriction diet consisted of 500 to 750 kcal daily. Following the CER diet was very challenging for participants because of energy being limited daily....

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