Intermittent dieting works best, but not the 5:2 kind

Nutrition scientists say they have found a ‘superior alternative’

Avoiding continuous dieting may be the key to losing weight and keeping it off, say nutrition scientists, but traditional intermittent fasting regimens such as the popular 5:2 diet are not the way to do it.

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The findings from a randomised controlled trial, including 51 obese men, show that taking a two-week break from energy restriction appears to be critical to success.

Those who take a break from dieting lose on average 47% more weight than the continuous dieters and 80% more weight at six-month follow-up