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Alternating Days Of Low-Calorie And Regular Eating Has Health, Weight Loss Benefits

December 3, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
People who have tried intermittent food restriction – not quite strict feasting and then fasting – have found some health benefits in the practice, though most evidence so far is anecdotal. Intermittent restriction involves eating between 500 and 650 calories a day, every other day. On alternate days eating is normal. One 41-year-old man who has tried it for about a year – after a month-long “angry, grumpy” adjustment period – has lost 50 pounds, stopped taking medication for diabetes and no longer has stomach ulcers. A British study among three groups of overweight breast cancer patients found that two intermittent restriction groups lost twice as much weight as the daily calorie restriction group.
Shirley S. Wang, "Short Fasts for Weight Loss vs. Traditional Diets", The Wall Street Journal, December 03, 2013, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc
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