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Calorie Restriction Diets Safe, Effective for Weight Loss in Multiple Sclerosis

June 4, 2018

For patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), calorie restriction diets are a safe, effective way to achieve weight loss and may be associated with improved emotional health, according to results published in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.

Both daily calorie reduction and intermittent calorie reduction diets were effective for achieving weight loss.

The study included participants with MS who were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 diets for 8 weeks: daily calorie restriction diet (22% daily reduction in energy needs), intermittent calorie restriction diet (75% reduction in energy needs, 2 days/week), or a weight-stable diet (0% reduction in energy needs).

Adherence to diets differed significantly, with less adherence among those on the intermittent calorie restriction diet.
Participants who were assigned to either calorie restriction diet showed significant improvements in emotional well-being/depression scores compared with the control diet participants, with an average increase of 1.69 points over 8 weeks.

Via Neurology Advisor