So, in the past few years, fasting diets have become popular. You eat very little one day, sure, but the next day you can eat all the burritos and burgers you desire. Then, not only do you lose weight more quickly, it makes it psychologically easy to hold on in the long run. This makes intuitive sense. But a new study published today in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine suggests this might not be the case for a specific type of fasting diet called alternate-day fasting. The researchers randomly assigned obese participants to either fast every other day, go on a more traditional diet, or do nothing at all. Varady has led the research on alternate-day fasting, and has even written a book promoting it. Her previous studies suggested that this regimen helped people lose weight more quickly, was easier to stick to once you got over the first two weeks, which are challenging, and had good effects for other health indicators like cholesterol. But those studies only followed the participants for two or three months. The people in the normal dieting group just cut about 25 percent of their calories every day. Nobody was allowed to join a gym.
Give it a try, if other things haven’t worked for you. In early January, every year, I incorporate four fast days into my week and find that I can shed those extra holiday pounds in a few weeks. Fung has a point: it really is incredibly easy to go over the fast day allotment, which for someone of my size is calories — basically two Clif bars. The evidence is compelling and the advice on how to follow the diet is well structured. So about how I’m doing on the every other day diet. But in itself this may not be surprising if you have actually read the book rather than just going by the blurb or what has been written about it in the press. I was trying to find a way to lose some weight and I was really having a hard time finding a diet I could stick with. But I truly don’t drink enough water unless I am intentional. I was able to start the diet the day the book arrived. Don’t have a Kindle? Enter your details and we’ll send you a sample meal plan and subscribe you to our mailing list!
Unlike many traditional diets that restrict both calories and food groups, the idea behind this radical regime is simple: eat less, every other day. Deprivation doesn’t work – the minute you forbid yourself from eating something that’s all you’re going to crave. That’s why this diet is so effective. On your fast days you can eat anything as long as it doesn’t go over your calorie allowance, yes anything! Then, on your feast days you can eat as much as you like. It almost sounds too good to be true. Based on research from the leading expert in alternate day fasting, Dr Krista Varady tells us how, by restricting your calorie intake to calories every other day, you can both lose weight and gain health. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Lose weight without giving up the foods you love with the Every Other Day Diet.