Metabolic challenge: Test your skills with these 5 questions
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Gary S. Ferenchick, MD, MS, FACP, is a Professor of Internal Medicine at Michigan State University, East Lansing. Dr. Ferenchick is also the creator of www.justintimemedicine.com.

Question 1 of 5

A 35-year-old man comes to your office for a wellness visit. He has been struggling with his weight for many years and says he is now ready to make some lifestyle changes.

He is healthy and taking no medications. His physical examination reveals normal vital signs and a BMI of 36.

He has heard about intermittent fasting and would like to know what evidence there is for its effectiveness. In response, you tell him:

Intermittent fasting has been proven to be effective in weight loss programs independent of calorie restriction.

Intermittent fasting has yet to be studied in controlled clinical trials.

Intermittent fasting has been shown to be associated with serious metabolic adverse effects.

The effect of intermittent fasting on weight loss is primarily a function of calorie restriction.

This quiz is not accredited for CME.

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