Today’s Read: 3 minutes
Friday is here and we hope that you take the time to nourish yourself with food, family, and fun.
Three-ingredient dinners are on the menu, intermittent fasting may have a not-so-healthy consequence, teens create an app to help dementia patients and their caregivers, and it’s time to take 40 seconds to smile.
Study raises concern about intermittent fasting
New research on the popular weight loss trend of intermittent fasting, or time-restricted eating, found the practice produced minimal weight loss and a significant downside: muscle loss.
The study had overweight adults either follow the common eating pattern of fasting 16 hours and eating between noon and 8 p.m. or eating three times a day whenever they wanted. Over the course of three months, the fasting group lost an average of just two to three pounds slightly more than the control group did—and most of it was muscle. While it is normal to lose some muscle during weight loss, this group lost more than expected. One of the reasons for the muscle loss could be that time-restricted eating led people to consume less protein.
Experts caution that the study was too short for a weight loss trial and that more participants—there were 116—and a longer study duration may yield different results. Moreover, the meal timing could have made a difference since studies show benefits from eating earlier in the day rather than later.
“It could be that the benefits of time-restricted eating are smaller than we thought, or that you just get better results when you eat earlier in the day,” Courtney Peterson, a University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher who studies intermittent fasting and who was not involved in the new study told The New York Times. “The jury is still out.”
Have you tried intermittent fasting? Have your patients? What have your experiences been personally and/or clinically?
A new tool for dementia patients and caregivers
Three teenage girls have created an app to help dementia patients and their caregivers, NPR reports. Their app, Memory Haven, targets three problems faced by those with dementia: memory loss and difficulty with recognition and speech. The app can be used by both patients and caregivers and has six features, including a reminder feature that alerts both the patient and caregiver that it’s time for medication, and a photo album feature that allows users to flip through tagged photos and identify who is in the image.
The girls developed the app during Technovation Girls, an international competition that challenges young women to develop an app that can solve a problem in their community in 12 weeks. What’s more: the girls won. Look for Memory Haven in app stores toward the end of this month.
Simple dinners all week long
From grocery shopping to cooking, limit yourself to three ingredients. It’s easier and you don’t have to sacrifice taste. This collection of three-ingredient dinners will feed your family or you for a couple of meals.
ONE BIG NUMBER
The average annual family health insurance premium cost. This is a 4% increase over last year, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll. This increase is slightly higher than the 3.4% increase in earnings, and almost twice as high as the 2.1% inflation rate during the same period.
This is guaranteed to make you smile. It’s 40 seconds of pure fun.