Diet Nutrition

The popular diet that may not actually be good for losing weight

Despite popular belief, this diet trend may not be as effective as we though.

Another day, another diet that may not be as good for your weightloss goals as you think…
Intermittent fasting may be a diet trend that celebrities including Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have all committed to in the past, but as scientists have recently discovered, alternate-day fasting might not be as effective as what we first thought.
Not only that, but this randomised clinical trial, conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago, also uncovered that there was no real differentiation between the two diets when it came to improving risk indicators for cardiovascular disease.
A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine tested 100 obese adults over the course of a year and discovered that alternate-day fasting didn’t have very different weight loss and weight maintenance results from daily calorie restriction.
The test subjects of the study were randomly split into one of three groups: alternate-day fasting, daily calorie restriction and a no-intervention control group.
At the conclusion of the study, researchers discovered that those on the alternate-day fasting program lost 6% of their total body weight in a year, compared to the 5.3% those on the daily calorie restriction plan lost, which really isn’t a big difference.
Interestingly, the study also noted that 38% of alternate-day fasting group dropped out of the trial, compared to the 29% of people in the daily calorie restriction group who did the same thing.
Before you think about changing your diet or embarking on a weightloss journey of your own, be sure to speak to your GP and a dietitian first.