There are hundreds of diets that promise you will lose weight fast and maintain your silhouette for a long time. One example is the alternate-day fasting method. A new research analyzed the effects of this new trending diet and discovered that it is no better than other traditional weight loss programs.
How is the alternate-day fasting method different?
This diet, as the name suggests, consists of drastically reducing the daily caloric intake, but only on alternate days. These are called fasting days. During regular days, people are allowed to eat more as many calories as they want. In other words, the individual goes from eating an apple for lunch on Monday to an entire pizza on Tuesday.
Usually, people regard this method as easier, since they are allowed to eat more during cheat days. Thus, their meals don’t get restricted every day, offering an illusion of control. However, it is no different from any other regular diet in terms of results, people losing as much weight as with any other diet plan circulating social media at the moment.
Regular diets and fasting have the same effects
For the study, researchers split the participants into three groups. One group contained the people engaged in alternate fasting, the second one was composed of adepts of regular diets, while the people in the last one did not follow any diet. During the first six months, members of the first two groups lost more than 7 percent of their body weight. Over the next six months, they lost 5 percent more.
The adepts of the extreme diet had to face some challenges. During fasting days, they were allowed to consume only 25 percent of the daily recommended dose of calories. This made the diet difficult to follow, therefore 38 percent of the participants gave up on it. Fasting is also unbalanced as, during regular days, the calorie consumption reached 125 percent of the necessary intake.
In conclusion, the study proved the alternate-day fasting method is no more effective than any other kind of diet. Moreover, it is more difficult to follow than a regular diet, and people are more likely to abandon it.
You can find the study in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal.
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