The two-day-diet is a new, not so crazy, way to lose weight. The 2-day-diet consists of eating significantly less amount for two days out of the week, aka mini-fasting. It has also been described as The Fast Diet, because you are essentially doing a mini-fast for those two days.
Studies have proven that the two-day-diet method is surprisingly effective in losing weight. Researcher Michelle Harvie and her colleges at England's Manchester Breast Centre tested about 100 women that were all considered overweight to try the two-day diet. For five days out of the week they followed a Mediterranean diet and for the other two days they ate a low carb diet with lots of lean protein.
At the end of the study the women who did the two-day diet lost significantly more weight than the women who restricted their caloric intake through-out the entire week.
Studies have also shown that the two-day diet is not only good for shedding and keeping weight off, but it also improves blood sugar levels as well as cognitive performance. A study performed by Mark Mattson at the National Institute on Aging revealed the rodents he tested that had intermittent fasting had improved blood sugar levels as well as their cognitive performance.
As someone who counts calories daily, it makes me wonder a couple things: how much did the Mediterranean aspect of the study effect the women’s weight loss? And what psychological effects does the two-day-diet have on a person vs. counting calories? Because I can tell you from personal experience, it can feel and be quite restricting to constantly count every little thing that goes into your body. Quite frankly I’m sick of it.
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