BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Some people think that fasting diets might be more effective when you are trying to lose weight. However, a new study suggests that fasting every other day is no different from a regular diet which restricts your calorie intake every day.
The study was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. It analyzed the effect of a diet in which people severely reduce the calorie intake on alternate days, but they consume more food during regular days. The results showed that such a diet does not have a magic effect during weight loss. Namely, it is not much different from a diet which restricts the foods consumed every day.
Researchers organized the participants in several groups. Some of them followed a regular diet, others chose a fasting diet, while the last group ate all kinds of food, with no restrictions. Both groups which involved dieting lost around 7 percent of their weight. After a year, results showed that they still had 5 or 6 percent less body weight.
Thus, the research is not meant to show that fasting is not effective. It barely highlights the similarities it has with a regular diet. This method has been promoted as superior. However, researchers proved this assumption wrong.
In fact, the fasting technique is a bit unbalanced. During fasting days, people consume 25 percent of the necessary calories while, on regular days, they consume 125 percent. As a comparison, the adepts of regular diets consume 75 percent of the calories every day.
The study came with other discoveries, too. One of the main issues was the fact that it is hard for people to change their dietary habits. Most of those in the fasting group abandoned the study, as it was too difficult for them to follow such eating habits.
Moreover, the people engaged in such extreme diets tend to resort to certain tricks. Thus, this dieting technique is not superior, and it might prove hard for people to follow.
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