Calorie shifting versus calorie restriction
A study from 2014 pitted calorie shifting with a diet that restricts calories instead. The study found a greater decrease in plasma glucose, total cholesterol, and triacylglycerol among subjects practicing shifting of calories. Those same people saw a feeling of hunger decreased and satisfaction increased after four weeks.
A 2014 study vouches for the effectiveness of calorie shifting, with total cholesterol concentrations decreasing by 17.35% after six weeks of adapting the diet and 14.66% after follow-up period with a self-selected diet.
Calorie shifting effectively reduced body weight and fat mass after six weeks of treatment. The effect remained for at least one month. An additional caffeine treatment during and after the calorie shifting regimen, however, produced constant weight loss profile even during the follow-up period.
Does calorie shifting work for everyone?
Although some studies show that calorie cycling can be good for weight loss, research on dieting, in general, can be difficult for several reasons. Since animals are the subjects of many studies, the results may not necessarily apply to humans.
In human studies, it’s difficult to control what the study participants actually eat. Because of the different sizes, genders, environments, and genes of humans, the results may skew all over the place.
Another problem with testing calorie shifting is that there isn’t a set way to do it. There are many different protocols and plans that involve various amounts of calories and days in which to restrict and not restrict. Any diet that results in some form of metabolic confusion might be best served by consulting with a physician or dietitian first to avoid any health complications.