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Alternate Day Fasting to Lose Weight

To lose weight, how far would you go? How about skipping an entire day and fasting for weight loss? This new form of fasting is alternate-day fasting (ADF), which involves starving for one day and feasting on the next. A month-long study showed people losing more than seven pounds.

Alternate-Day Fasting
Alternate-day fasting may help you lose weight

Alternate-Day Fasting to Lose Weight

The people on the ADF diet ate thirty percent more than allowed on the feast days and still achieved weight loss. Because of the fasting days, the volunteers still consumed fewer calories overall.

“This is an easy regimen — no calculation of calories — and the compliance was very high,” said the study’s senior author, Frank Madeo, a professor of molecular biology at Karl-Franzens University of Graz, in Austria.

Why is Intermittent Fasting Good?

“The reason might be due to evolutionary biology,” Madeo suggested. “Our physiology is familiar with periods of starvation followed by food excesses.” It’s only in recent history that humans have had such an abundance of food that they need to restrict calories to maintain weight, he added.

The study included 60 healthy people who were not obese. Some were just slightly obese at the beginning of the study.

Half of the volunteers went with the every-other day diet plan and the other 30 ate with no restrictions.

Lose Weight by Starving

Individuals in the “fast and feast group” lost about 4.5% of their body weight. The group eating normally went up an average of less than a half pound.

Besides losing weight, the fast and feast group also saw healthy changes in heart disease risk factors, such as lower cholesterol, according to the study authors.

Although the alternate-day fasting study does show signs of fat loss, the researchers do not recommend this diet because the long-term effects are unknown. Consistently supplying your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly is essential and skipping an entire day can be detrimental. The current form of intermittent fasting that I do is not eating after dinner. This is easier for me and it also helps me lose weight.

To say the least, find a diet plan and exercise routine that works for you and consult your doctor for any weight loss questions or concerns.

Source: Gordon, S. “Fast and Feast’ Diet Works for Weight Loss” www.webmd.com August 28, 2019.