Fasting every other day is the new way to lose weight for good. Find out how to make it work for you...
10 January 2014
Intermittent fasting has changed the way we diet. Last year, we were all hooked on The Fast Diet – a revolutionary way to lose weight without a prolonged period of deprivation.
The idea behind the diet was simple – limit your calorie intake to just 500 calories a day for two days each week, and then eat what you like on the rest of the days. This straightforward diet took the health and wellbeing world by storm, and with seriously impressive results, it wasn’t hard to see why!
Now, one of the co-authors of the Fast Diet (also known as the 5:2 diet) is back with a new plan that aims to revolutionise slimming all over again.
The Every Other Day Diet, or Alternate Day Diet, is the brainchild of Dr Krista Varady. She’s the world’s leading researcher on intermittent fasting, and has herself used the technique to lose weight. She found that fasting every other day, rather than twice a week, worked for her so started looking in to the science behind such a diet. That’s when the Every Other Day Diet, was born.
This alternate day diet really is as simple as it sounds. There’s just one rule – limit yourself to 500 calories on ‘diet days’ then you can eat as much as you like on ‘feast days’!
Sound too good to be true? Dr Varady has found that a modified fast of 500 calories is most effective for weight loss, no more, no less. Even if dieters then eat 110% of their recommended calorie intake on a ‘feast day’, which is the norm, they’re averaging one third fewer calories over two days, so still slimming down.
Ready to try it for yourself? Click through now to discover the alternate day diet’s core principles and kickstart your weight loss plan to keep the pounds off for good…
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- Weighing yourself at the same time every day helps with motivation - and keeps the scales moving. Research suggests that over time slimmers using this technique lose twice the normal amount of weight because it encourages them to consume less calories.
- Eat lunch and dinner - but skip breakfast. Eeking those calories out to cover three meals - or simply having breakfast and dinner - isn't a good idea because the hunger encourages over-indulgence when you do eat.
- Don't banish high-fat foods. In studies people who stuck to low-fat options on a diet day were more likely to cheat because they didn't feel satisfied. Remember that you can eat whatever you like as long as you don't go over 500cals. Oily fish and nuts are great options to fill you up.