Every now and then a new diet comes out claiming to be the best for your waistline. But dieting often doesn’t work because it can be difficult to sustain in the long run.
For all those who find it difficult to stick to a strict diet for more than a few days, there is a better way to drop the pounds.
Avoiding continuous dieting may be the key to losing weight and keeping it off
A study, published in the International Journal for Obesity, was carried out by researchers from the University of Tasmania. The study analyzed the body’s “famine reaction” to continued dieting and its impact on weight loss in two groups of obese men. None of the 51 participants in the study exercised regularly.
Quitting a diet for 14 days kept the weight off far better than continuously dieting
One group of men in the study maintained a diet continuously for a period of 16 weeks. The other group maintained the diet for two weeks and then took a two-week break from it over the trial period.
Surprisingly, the intermittent diet group not only lost more weight but also regained less weight after the trial was over.