CosBeauty Magazine #85

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Alternate Day

Fasting

Professor Krista Varady created the

Every-Other-Day Diet, based on

her groundbreaking research into

‘alternate-day modified fasting’ at

the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Proponents describe it as ‘the diet

that lets you eat all you want (half

the time) and keep the weight off!’

The plan involves alternate

‘fast’ and ‘feast’ days. Fasting days

consist of a single 500 calorie meal

at lunchtime. But then there is no

restriction on what, when or how

much is eaten on feasting days.

The two key attractions are:

• The promise that ‘you’ll lose

weight and improve your health

– while eating anything you want

and all you want, every other day’;

• Where most diets include a

daunting set of rules to be obeyed

– what you can eat and can’t eat,

how much you can and can’t eat,

when you can and can’t eat – here

there is only one rule: eat no more

than 500 calories on Diet Day,

eat anything you want and as

much as you want on Feast Day.

That’s it. No counting calories,

carbs, fat or protein. No avoiding

any particular food; all foods

are allowed. No complex meal

preparations and plans.

Two Days Per

Week Fasting

Developed by popular UK TV

medico Dr Michael Mosley, the Fast

Diet involves fasting for two days

per week. People maintain their

usual eating routines for the other

five days. Dr Mosley sums up: ‘If we

were to distil the Fast Diet into a

single soundbite, it would all come

down to 5:2. That’s five days of

normal eating, with little thought

to calorie control and a slice of pie

for pudding if that’s what you

want. Then, on the other two days,

you reduce your calorie intake to

500 calories for women and 600

calories for men.’

Proponents claim that since you

are only fasting for two days of your

choice each week – and eating

normally on the other five days –

there is always something new and

tasty on the horizon. In short, it’s

easy to comply with a regime that

only asks you to restrict your calorie

intake occasionally. It ‘recalibrates

the diet equation, and stacks the

odds in your favour’.

Importantly, the plan is designed

as a ‘well-signposted path towards a

longer, healthier life’; weight

loss is ‘simply a happy adjunct to

all of that’.

Hence, according to Dr Mosley,

this eating plan can not only help

people lose weight, but offers an

array of other health benefits:

‘Studies of intermittent fasting

show that not only do people see

improvements in blood pressure and

their cholesterol levels, but also in

their insulin sensitivity.’

And how did he come up with

the recommendation that women

have 500 calories and men have

600 calories on a Fast Day?

Dr Mosley explains: ‘We used

the rule of thumb that women need

2,000 calories and men need 2,400

calories per day and on a Fast Day

you should eat a quarter of a normal

day’s recommended calories.’

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