New Study Shows 2 Day Diet Could Be Key To Weight Control
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Research conducted in the UK into diets and weight loss has yielded some surprising results. Scientists at the University Hospital in South Manchester conducted trials into three different types of diet and concluded that dieting for just 2 days out of 7 could be the answer to loosing weight and keeping it off.
For millions of women (and men too) this could come as something of a relief as the trials showed that those women who ate a strict calorie controlled diet for just 2 days and then ate what they liked for the other five was more effective when it comes to weight loss than dieting every day.
For the study, researchers placed 115 women on one of three different diets. The first diet required eating just 650 calories for two consecutive days. The diet did cut out all carbs including pasta, bread and potatoes and any foods high in fat. On the following five days they could eat whatever their hearts desired although they were encouraged to choose healthy foods.
The second diet was also based on dieting for 2 days with no carbs, however they were not given a calorie limit. And the third diet was a standard plan with the women consuming 1500 calories a day whilst avoiding any alcohol and foods high in fat.
The results after three months showed that those women following the two day diets has lost on average nine pounds, whilst those on the standard weight loss diet had only lost an average of five pounds. The study seemed to show that by following a two-day diet there appeared to be a continuation of benefits even when the women went back to normal eating. It also showed that the women actually continued to eat healthily and less even on the unrestricted days.
This study has to be good news for millions who want to lose weight but do not like the thought of a strict everyday calorie controlled diet. With so many different diets hitting the weight loss market the results of this research is sure to bring about something of stir especially from those trapped in a cycle of yo-yo dieting.
However, before you hail this as the perfect solution to your weight loss problems, you do need to note that the women who followed the two day diet plans did eat healthily for the remaining five days meaning they effectively continued the diet albeit with a higher calorie count. They also cut carbs on the first two days and probably continued to do so for the remainder of the week.
Anyone who finds portion control and calorie counting difficult may want to introduce other weight loss aids into their plan such as meal replacement shakes or supplements. Exercise should also be introduced as regular activity has been shown to help weight loss and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Before embarking on any kind of diet though, you should seek medical advice especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.
This article was written by Georgina Clatworthy, a freelance author writing about fitness, health and nutrition. I am not associated with getprograde.com however I can recommend their products for weight loss and health needs.