That would be amazing! Unfortunately, life doesn’t work like that. There is a new study though that tested out the alternate day fasting strategy compared to a more typical calorie-restricted diet. They took 100 men and woman and assigned them to a fasting group, a calorie restriction group, or a group that didn’t change their eating habits.
- Fasting – 25% daily calorie needs followed by 125% daily needs on alternating days
- Calorie-Restricted – 75% of daily needs every day
- No change
They found that there was no difference in several risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack and stroke. Specifically, blood pressure and blood sugar didn’t have any differences between the groups. Regarding obesity, weight loss between the 2 diet groups was similar up to a year out from when they started, but dropout rates were much higher in the fasting group.
Hunger is a powerful motivating factor. It may be more powerful than the desire to lose weight. However, even if starving yourself every other day isn’t a good strategy – literally – it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. If losing weight is something you want to do, you can do it!