Having people limit their calorie intake to 500 calories every other day, which is 25% of their calorie needs, and allowing them to eat as much as they wanted to on the other days, causes an average weight loss of 5-6% of body weight in obese people (BMI 30-39) in 2-3 months according to three studies done by Krista Varady, PhD from the University of Illinois in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Krista Varady, PhD has noted that their research has found that eating 25% of calories every other day (roughly 500 calories every other day) works BETTER than eating 0% of calories—eating NO calories on the “fasting” day—and better than eating 50% or 75% of calories every other day.
They have found that compliance with this type of diet—limiting intake to 500 calories per day (25% of your calorie needs)—is MUCH higher than when people are told to eat NO calories on the “fasting” day.
They have also found that eating 500 calories every other day causes most of the weight loss to be fat, and preserves muscle.
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