Intermittent fasting no better than continuous dieting

INTERMITTENT fasting, made popular by the 5:2 diet, is no more effective at promoting weight loss than continuous dieting, a systematic review shows.

Routinely touted as the superior weight loss option, the 5:2 diet allows people to eat as usual for five days and then fast for two. For women, the “fasting” phase means eating 500 calories per day while men are allowed 600 calories.

The rationale behind this hugely popular eating pattern is that a period of non-fasting intercalated with a period of fasting or severe energy restriction has