Continuous Dieting Is Not Efficient: Take Breaks in Order to Maximize Your Weight Loss

Continuous Dieting Is Not Efficient: Take Breaks in Order to Maximize Your Weight Loss
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Everyone knows that diets are one of the most efficient ways to lose some weight. Sport is another option, but it can be more difficult and time-consuming. There are many experts who consider dieting harmful and Professor Per Sodersten of Behavioural Neuroendocrinology at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden declared that “We always tell audiences that dieting is the cause of all eating problems, overweight as well as underweight.” However, this did not affect the popularity of diets. But a new research might change how you diet.

Taking breaks will enhance your diet and you will lose weight faster

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity revealed that taking 2 week-breaks during a diet will help you shed some pounds quicker and it will be less likely to gain them back afterwards. The MATADOR trial funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council analyzed two groups of people and discovered that the group that took breaks had better results. The researchers declared that “While further investigations are needed around this intermittent dieting approach, findings from this study provide preliminary support for the model as a superior alternative to continuous dieting for weight loss.”

Professor Nuala Byrne, Head of the University of Tasmania’s School of Health Sciences explained that continuous dieting does not work because this is not how we evolved. “This ‘famine reaction,’ a survival mechanism which helped humans to survive as a species when food supply was inconsistent in millennia past, is now contributing to our growing waistlines when the food supply is readily available.” Professor Byrne added that  “When we reduce our energy (food) intake during dieting, resting metabolism decreases to a greater extent than expected, a phenomenon termed ‘adaptive thermogenesis’ – making weight loss harder to achieve.”


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Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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