Alternate-day fasting beats detox


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A new detox plan has been suggested by medical experts: alternate-day fasting (ADF) is branded safer and of course, easier to maintain.

So many of us have struggled to keep up strict regimes and usually fall at the first hurdle. Described as a 'calorie seesaw', harsh diets are difficult to stick to and more often than not, after one day of determination, the next we are starving hungry and cave in at the first sniff of chocolate.

WOULD YOU TRY ALTERNATE-DAY FASTING?

However, some medics say this is no bad thing. Scientists who have studied ADF believe that restricting calories for 24 hours and then reintroducing them the next day will not only get rid of extra pounds and fat cells, but also help us to live longer.

The research for ADF has been dubbed controversial by certain areas of the medical profession. Yet, in America the new detox plan has taken off. Books like The Alternate-Day Diet and The QOD Diet: Eating Well Every Other Day are reportedly flying off the shelves.

Brian Delaney, author of The Longevity Diet comments: 'Alternate-day fasting lets you focus your hunger in manageable periods. You are not a little hungry for a little time, like you are on a normal diet, but you are very hungry for a little time.'

Nutritionists at the University of California discovered that eating half as much as usual every other day could shrink fat cells and boost some of the mechanisms that break down fat.

A further study published three years ago revealed people who followed the ADF diet for three weeks lost an average 2.5% of their body weight and 4% of their body fat.

However, other nutritionists argue that ADF is impossible to adhere to long term. Those who have undergone the regime have often reported feeling tired, crotchety and hungry on their fasting days.

Lisa Miles, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation stated: 'If you have overeaten one day, then it will help to balance out your calorie intake by eating less the next, but it is not something that we would recommend on a long-term basis.'

WOULD YOU TRY ALTERNATE-DAY FASTING?

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