From today’s Science Digest:
“Avoiding continuous dieting may be the key to losing weight and keeping the kilos off, the latest research shows. Researchers showed in a randomized controlled trial, that taking a two-week break during dieting may improve weight loss.”
They dieted for 60 days, with one group taking a two week break every two weeks, the other group continuously dieting for 60 days. When the group went off the diet they went back to a weight maintenance diet; they didn’t go hog wild. It appears that the change in amount of food intake gave them an advantage.
Not only did the diet break group lose more weight, they kept the weight off better after the 60 day period ended, according to the study.
Of course, studies like this should be taken with a grain of salt, but it was interesting.