Krista Varady

Krista Varady

Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

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1919 W. Taylor St., 532 AHSB

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By appointment

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Metabolic Kitchen


Krista Varady, PhD, is an Professor of Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research focuses on the efficacy of intermittent fasting for weight loss, weight maintenance, and cardio-protection in obese adults. Her work is funded by the NIH, American Heart Association, International Life Sciences Institute, and the University of Illinois. She has published over 70 publications on this topic, and is also the author of a book for the general public, entitled the "Every Other Day Diet".

Selected Grants

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

National Health and Medical Research Counsel, Australia, The alternate day fasting diet in adolescents with obesity: a randomized controlled trial, Co-I (PI: Baur, Louise)

National Institutes of Health, NHLBI, R01HL106228, Alternate day fasting for weight loss, weight maintenance, and cardio-protection, PI

National Institutes of Health, NHLBI, R01HL095701, Effects of low carbohydrate and low fat diets on endothelial function in obesity., Co-I (Phillips, S)

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Notable Honors

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

2015 - Researcher of the Year, Rising Star, Clinical Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago


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