[Fasting--wrong in obesity?]

Nord Med. 1990;105(6-7):190-1.
[Article in Swedish]


Fasting has been advocated as an effective way to reduce body weight. However, few data support any long-term effect of this therapy. On the contrary, evidence is accumulating that the repeated weight loss and concomitant weight gain, typical of fasting in many individuals, will lead to a subsequently higher body weight. Each weight cycle seems to increase the risk of a higher waist/hip ratio, greater metabolic efficiency and a food preference towards fat. All these trends result in further problems associated with weight loss and a vicious circle is established.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Body Composition
  • Body Mass Index
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Fasting*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Male
  • Obesity / physiopathology
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Risk Factors