My PhD research investigated the short and longer term metabolic effects of intermittent fasting, encompassing intermittent energy restriction (e.g. the 5:2 diet) and time-restricted eating. I also ran the first study of the 5:2 diet within a ‘real life’ NHS weight-management service.
I am currently working on a large BBSRC funded study which aims to identify the reasons people respond so differently to saturated fat, a type of fat that is linked to raised LDL (“bad”) cholesterol which is a well established risk factor for heart disease. Moreover, by applying state of the art laboratory techniques we aim to develop a simple blood test that can be used to predict an individual’s responsiveness to saturated fat, and hence whether they would benefit from cutting down or not.
I have also been involved in an array of different research projects happening at the University of Surrey:
- Health effects of sweeteners
- Low carbohydrate diets
- Vitamin D, food fortification and bone health
- Effects of dietary fats on health markers