Hitting Pause on Your Diet Might Increase Weight Loss
On a diet? Give yourself a break, and you may lose more weight. Australian researchers divided 36 obese men, whose average age was nearly 40, into two groups. Both groups followed the same 16-week reduced-calorie diet. But while one group dieted nonstop, the other alternated between the low-calorie diet and a weight-maintenance diet every two weeks. The on-again, off-again dieters shed 27 pounds—11 pounds more than the other group. And they did better over time, too: Six months after the diet ended, they had lost 18 pounds more than the continuous dieters.
Source: International Journal of Obesity, Aug. 17, 2017