The journal of nutrition, health & aging

, Volume 17, Issue 8, pp 674–680

Efficacy of Fasting and Calorie Restriction (FCR) on mood and depression among ageing men

  • N. M. Hussin
  • S. Shahar
  • N. I. M. F. Teng
  • W. Z. W. Ngah
  • S. K. Das

DOI: 10.1007/s12603-013-0344-9

Cite this article as:
Hussin, N.M., Shahar, S., Teng, N.I.M.F. et al. J Nutr Health Aging (2013) 17: 674. doi:10.1007/s12603-013-0344-9



An intervention study on the FCR (Fasting and Calorie Restriction) dietary regime was carried out to determine its efficacy in improving mood states and depression status among ageing men.


A total of 32 healthy males (Mean±SD), aged 59.7±6.3 years, with a BMI of 26.7±2.2 kg/m2 were recruited to the study.


Participants were randomized to either the FCR group (and were instructed to follow a calorie restricted dietary regime with intermittent fasting) or to the control group (in which individuals were asked to maintain their current lifestyle), for a 3 month period. Mood was assessed using the Profile of Mood States and depression was assessed using Beck Depression Inventory-II and Geriatric Depression Scale-15 at baseline, week 6 and week 12 of the intervention.


A total of 31 subjects completed the study (n=16, FCR and n=15, control). Significant decreases in tension, anger, confusion and total mood disturbance and improvements in vigor were observed in participants in the FCR group compared to the control group (p<0.05). No significant changes in mean depression scores were observed. Weight, BMI and percent body fat were reduced by 3.8%, 3.7% and 5.7% respectively in the FCR group.


Our findings show that a FCR dietary regime is effective in improving mood states and nutritional status among ageing men.

Key words

FCR ageing men depression mood states 

Copyright information

© Serdi and Springer-Verlag France 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. M. Hussin
    • 1
  • S. Shahar
    • 1
    • 4
  • N. I. M. F. Teng
    • 1
  • W. Z. W. Ngah
    • 2
  • S. K. Das
    • 3
  1. 1.Dietetic Program, Faculty of Health SciencesUniversiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Biochemistry Department, Faculty of MedicineUniversiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  3. 3.Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts UniversityBostonUSA
  4. 4.Faculty of Health SciencesUniversiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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