There is plenty of research regarding effective dieting and weight loss, and the results are most of the time conflicting. This comes to the disadvantage of many people, who don’t know what they should choose. A recent study developed by researchers from the University of Tasmania suggests interrupting your diet after two weeks, and spending two weeks eating whatever you want might be the secret to a stunning silhouette.
Taking diet breaks can return incredible results
For this study, which was published in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers recruited 51 men aged between 25 and 54. These men were struggling with obesity, and had a constant weight for a period of six weeks, when they hadn’t been following any strict exercise program. When the study started, researchers split them in two groups.
One group had to follow a diet which significantly reduced their calorie consumption for 16 weeks, without any breaks. The second group followed the same diet for two weeks, then abandoned it for another two weeks. They did this until they reached the 16-week plan. Surprisingly, the second group was more successful.
Such a diet might be better to keep people committed
When assessing the general weight loss of the both groups, the second lost around 47 percent more weight than the first one. Also, they managed to maintain their newly acquired weight. In fact, they stayed within the same weight range for about six months after the experiment was over.
This discovery is important for people who are trying to lose a lot of weight. If the diet is long, and the pound-shedding major, the body and metabolism tend to slow down a bit near the end of the dieting session. However, this method remains as effective during the entire period. Also, if you have a hard time with the motivation, taking breaks can keep you committed to the diet until the end.
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