The Most Effective Weight Loss Technique

The study compared two of the
most popular diets.
The two most popular diets are
equally effective in terms of weight loss, new research reveals.
Eating more one day and way
less the next — one type of intermittent fasting — leads to the same levels of
weight loss as a continuous diet.
Intermittent fasting is also
known as the 16:8 diet or the 5:2 diet; each has different rules about when you
feast and when you fast.
In contrast, a ‘regular’ diet
involves restricting calories somewhat throughout the whole week.
The specifics, however,
probably make little difference so long as the overall calorie intake is
reduced, one way or another.
The most effective weight loss
technique is the one that suits the individual.
However, the study suggests a
regular continuous diet is easier to stick to than intermittent fasting for
most people.
The conclusions come from a
study of 100 obese adults who were put into one of three groups.
One group feasted on an extra
25% calories one day and then fasted on just one-quarter of their usual intake
the next day.
Another group followed a
normal diet, restricting their calorie intake by 25% every day.
That means both groups ate the
same amount in total.
The results showed that
compared to a control group, people on both diets lost around 6% of their body
weight across six months.
The study’s authors conclude:
“The results of this
randomized clinical trial demonstrated that alternate-day fasting did not
produce superior adherence, weight loss, weight maintenance or improvements in
risk indicators for cardiovascular disease compared with daily calorie
People found the intermittent
fasting harder, so more people dropped out of this condition.
The authors write that:
“…these findings suggest that
alternate-day fasting may be less sustainable in the long term, compared with
daily calorie restriction, for most obese individuals.”
The study was published in the
journal JAMA Internal Medicine (Trepanowski et al., 2017).

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Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.