If you can’t find the strength to stick to your rigid diet all week long, you’re bound to hear some good news. It’s because British researchers found out that women who cut back carbohydrates for two days and eat normally for the rest of the week lost an average of 9 pounds. This is bigger than their 5 pounds average weight loss findings about women who stick with the 1500 calorie diet every day of the week. The study implies that you can opt to cut down carb and calorie intake during just two days of the week and effectively lose weight.
The report, presented at the CTC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, came about when a group of researchers wanted to find out if sticking to a restrictive diet is as effective with having an intermittent low calorie diet. Michelle Harvie, the study’s lead author who is a research dietician at the Genesis Prevention Center at the University Hospital in South Manchester, England, also pointed out some research findings that associates low carb diets to restrictive energy.
Michelle Harvie started out the study by looking for a diet that can easily be followed. They wanted to find out an effective way of controlling and combatting obesity which increases the risk of someone having breast cancer. The researchers observed 88 women who were at risk of having breast cancer for 4 months. One third of these women were subjected to follow a Mediterranean diet that limits calorie intake to about 1,500 calories per day. The another one third of the group were tasked to eat normally except for the two days in a week that they should cut down calories to 650. The last third of the group were tasked to eat normally except for two days in a week but they weren’t given any calorie restriction.
At the end of a month, the women were weighed and they found out some surprising findings. The women who went under the 1,500 calorie per day diet lost an average of 5 pounds while those who were under intermittent low calorie diet lost 9 pounds. They also reported that women who went under intermittent diet have better levels of hormones, especially that of insulin and leptin which are linked to breast cancer.
Another good thing brought up by this research is the fact that intermittent low carb diets can be done in the comforts of one’s home. You don’t have a list of the foods you need to eat but instead do a conscious effort to drastically cut down carbohydrates two days a week. Skip pasta, bread, and roots crops as much as possible on these days to maximize your weight loss efforts.
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