Can Alternate-Day Fasting Replace The Traditional Weight Loss Diet?

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Fasting is the trendy thing that people do to lose some pounds. But the recent study claims that it cannot be good for weight loss.

The alternate-day fasting which is considered as the best way to lose weight cannot be better than the traditional calorie-restricted diet. In this study, the researchers considered the weight-loss method called alternate-day fasting in which people reduced their calorie intake drastically every alternate day but they eat more on non-fasting days.

The conducted study

Eric Ravussin and colleagues, from Pennington Biomedical Research Center, have led this study that evaluated the effectiveness of alternate-day fasting and the traditional fasting. During alternate-day fasting, it was seen that people consume more than usual food loaded with more calories during non-fasting days.

During the study, researchers segregated 100 obese adults into 3 groups namely an alternate-day fasting group, a people who did not do any diet and the traditional diet group. The participants from alternate-day fasting group consumed 25 percent of their daily calorie intake which is about 500 calories and 125 percent of their typical calorie intake on nonfasting days.

After 6 months, the people belonging to alternate-day fasting and traditional fasting had lost more than 7 percent of their body weight compared to the ones who do not follow the diet at all. After 1-year people from both the groups has shown a weight loss of 5 to 6 percent of their original body weight. Also, it was surprising to note that there was no considerable weight loss difference seen in alternate-day fasting group and traditional fasting group.

It was interesting to note that 38 percent of participants belonging to alternate-day dieting group have been dropped out of the study compared to the 29 percent who have left traditional dieting group. The people from alternate-day dieting group either consume more calories or slightly fewer calories during nonfasting days. Researchers say that it is difficult to change the people’s eating behavior.

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