Areas of Interest
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
Antoni R., Johnston KL, Collins AL and Robertson, MD (2014) The effects of intermittent energy restriction on indices of cardiometabolic health.
Res Endocrinol. Article ID 459119
Antoni R, Johnston KL, Collins AL and Robertson MD (2016) Investigation into the acute effects of total and partial energy restriction on postprandial metabolism amongst overweight/obese participants. Br J Nutr 115 (6), 951-959
Antoni R, Johnston KL, Collins AL and Robertson MD (2017) Effects of intermittent fasting on glucose and lipid metabolism. Proc Nutr Soc 76 (3), 361-368
Antoni R, Johnston KL, Collins AL and Robertson MD (2018) Intermittent versus continuous energy restriction: differential effects on postprandial glucose and lipid metabolism following matched weight-loss in overweight/obese subjects. Br J Nutr 119 (5) 507-516
Antoni R, Robertson TM, Robertson MD and Johnston J (2018) A pilot feasibility study exploring the effects of a moderate time-restricted feeding intervention on energy intake, adiposity and metabolic physiology in free-living humans.
J Nutr Sciences 7, e22
Antoni R and Griffin BA (2018) Draft reports from the UK’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and World Health Organization concur in endorsing the dietary guideline to restrict intake of saturated fat.
Br Nutr Foundation 46(3), 206-211
Antoni R, Johnston KL, Steele C, Carter D, Robertson MD and Capehorn MS (2019). Efficacy of an intermittent energy restriction diet in a primary care setting. Eur J Nutr