If you are tired of dieting and being unable to lose pounds and keep them off, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have refreshing news: Their studies point to a way to help your body break down body fat, slim your waistline and still allow you to eat whatever you desire.
According to this research, if you partake of a technique called “alternative-day fasting,” you can eat as much as you want on odd days while cutting calories on even days to lose weight and keep your weight down. (Although the diet is called “alternative-day fasting,” you are allowed to eat some food on the fasting days.)
Why does the diet seem to work? As researcher Krista Varady, of the University of Chicago, told The Atlantic, “The reason (dieters) lose weight is that something keeps people from really binging on that feed day. Something changes in the body on the fasting days. We’re not sure what. It may be hormone changes, or that the stomach shrinks.”
Varady also notes that exercising first thing in the morning on the days when you eat a reduced amount of food also seems to speed weight-loss. In addition, she advocates cutting calories on the fasting days to 25 percent of normal during the initial weight-loss period and then switching over to 50 percent for weight maintenance. So, if you would normally consume about 2,000 calories, you would eat only 500 calories on your fasting day at first, and then eat 1,000 calories thereafter.