Krista Varady

Krista Varady

Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

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1919 W. Taylor St., 532 AHSB

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Krista Varady, PhD, is a Professor of Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research focuses on the efficacy of intermittent fasting for weight loss and metabolic disease reduction in people with obesity. Her work is funded by the NIH, American Heart Association, International Life Sciences Institute, and the University of Illinois. She has published over 100 publications on this topic, and is also the author of two books for the general public, entitled the "Every Other Day Diet" and the "The Fastest Diet".

Selected Grants

National Institutes of Health, NIDDK, R01DK119783, Alternate day fasting combined with exercise for the treatment of NAFLD, PI

National Institutes of Health, NIDDK, R01DK128180, Time restricted feeding versus daily calorie restriction: Effect on body weight, metabolic risk, and the gut microbiome, PI

National Institutes of Health, NCI, R01CA257807, Effects of Time-restricted Eating versus Daily Continuous Calorie Restriction on Body Weight and Colorectal Cancer Risk Markers among Adults with Obesity, MPI

Selected Publications

“Book for the general public”, The Every-Other-Day Diet

“Book for the general public”, The Fastest Diet

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Notable Honors

2023 - Researcher of the Year, Distinguished Scientist, Clinical Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago

2019 - Researcher of the Year, Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago

2017 - Mead Johnson Young Investigator Award, American Society for Nutrition

2015 - Malaspina Scholar Award, International Life Sciences Institute


Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2006-2008
PhD, Human Nutrition, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2002-2006
BS, Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada, 1998-2002