Would You Try The Alternate Day Fasting Diet?

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Would You Try The Alternate Day Fasting Diet?

Would consider alternate day fasting? Read on to learn more.

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The alternate fast diet comes from Krista Varady’s book, The Every Other Day Diet, based on her research.

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The premise of the diet is to switch off indulging and dieting every other day. The dieter can indulge on what Varady calls a “feast day” and then the next day consume fewer calories on a “diet day.”

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Diet days are limited to 400-500 calories for women and 500-600 for men.

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Varady explained why the diet works to CBS This Morning: "The reason it works is that people can stick to it for a pretty long time and they stick to it because it’s a diet that lets you feel normal every other day.”

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Varady says she has seen people lose 12 pounds in four weeks on this diet.

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According to Varady, the diet has even been shown to lower cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.

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Varady warns dieters that even when indulging, they should not go crazy on their feast days.

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The diet days seem to cause the stomach to shrink, which makes people want to eat less. Varady explains, “What we think is happening is the stomach is shrinking, slowly, basically as you have the alternate diet days. When you sit down to eat that meal, maybe some big meal that you’re used to eating, you actually don't binge on that because the stomach has shrunken and it won't allow you to basically compensate for the lack of food.”

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Some people believe that 500 calories doesn’t seem like enough to provide all the necessary nutrients, but Varady believes the feast days ensure that this isn’t unhealthy.

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It's the most indulgent time of the year!

It's very easy to trade in a healthy diet for Christmas cookies and holiday hams. However, there may be a solution. The current trend in the dieting world is "alternate day fasting," which allows dieters to indulge one day and limit calorie intake the next.

Check out the slideshow above to learn more about alternate day fasting.

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