People usually go on a diet to lose weight, but weight loss is easier said that done. It takes hard work and usually weeks of healthy eating to see results. And, if you’ve been dieting for a while and not seeing the results you were hoping for, it’s understandable that you’d get fed up with the whole process.
Now, new research suggests there’s an easier way to lose weight, and it involves ditching your diet entirely—for set periods of time, at least. That’s the takeaway from a study published in the International Journal for Obesity.
For the study, which was a randomized clinical trial, researchers split obese participants into two groups who followed a 16-week diet that cut their normal calorie intake by a third. One group stayed on the diet for the full 16 weeks, while the other group followed the diet for two weeks, broke it for another two weeks and just tried to eat healthier, and went back on and off the diet in two week periods for a total of 30 weeks (to make sure they did 16 weeks of actual dieting).
The researchers found that people who dieted off and on lost
more weight that those who were all-in for 16 weeks.
Not only that, they gained less weight back after the dieting
period was over. Six months after wrapping up the diet, the off
and on group had an average weight loss of more than
17 pounds more than the group that followed the diet for
16 straight weeks. (Hit the reset button—and burn fat like
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After gaining nearly 100lbs while suffering from PCOS, my journey to lose weight has finally ended and my love and appreciation for healthy but delicious food has just begun. This my story on how I lost nearly 90lbs while still completely indulging in life.