Could a fasting diet work?

People all over the world follow different types of diets to lose weight. Some are very dangerous and have been proven so, some are safe and some are just silly. The jury is still out when it comes to diets that involve days with no or little food, also known as a fasting diet.

Alternative day fasting diet

A fasting diet usually involves intermittent fasting; in most cases this is an alternative day fasting diet. This means that you would eat what you want one day and on the next be on a very strict low calorie diet. On the low calorie day men are allowed around 500 calories and women are allowed 400 calories. To put that in perspective, a Snickers bar is around 319 calories.

Health benefits of fasting

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition released a journal of a study that was done on participants who followed an alternate day fasting diet for 3 weeks. 16 adults took part and they showed a 2.5% body weight reduction and a 4% body fat reduction. Some scientists also claim that fasting can reduce your risk of heart disease, premature aging, asthma, cancer and other diseases.


A problem with this diet is that people think they can gorge out on chocolate and fried foods on their eating days, but for the diet to be successful you must take in lots of vitamins and minerals that the body needs. Another downside is that this could be a difficult diet to stick to. Fasting days could become tedious - and imagine if you had a sporting event to attend or a romantic dinner planned on a fasting day!

Talk to a professional

Fasting diets may be good for you, but in the long run they may not. If you are considering taking up this diet, talk to a doctor and get professional advice. It may be unsuitable for some people, especially diabetics. So get the thumbs up from your GP before getting stuck in.

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