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Obese Dieters Benefit From Alternate-Day Fasting Program

September 30, 2009: 08:11 PM EST
A 10-week clinical trial involving 16 obese people found that a modified version of the “alternate-day fasting” plan was easy to endure and had substantial benefits for the cardiovascular system. The participants were all between the ages of 35 and 65 and weighed more than 210 pounds. The first two weeks they ate and exercised normally. The next four weeks they fasted on alternate days. They then, with counseling, chose their own meals in the last four weeks. Weight loss ranged from 10 to 30 pounds, while blood pressure, heart rate, total cholesterol and circulating fat levels were all lowered.
Krista A Varady, Surabhi Bhutani, et al., "Short-term modified alternate-day fasting: a novel dietary strategy for weight loss and cardioprotection in obese adults", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 30, 2009, © American Society for Clinical Nutrition
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