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Struggling to lose weight despite following a strict and regimented diet? You may be missing the trick of not factoring in cheat days, states a recent study published in the Journal Of Obesity.
Taking a break from your diet might be able to help you lose weight, in the long run, claimed the researchers from the University of Tasmania.
Following a diet takes a lot of psychological motivation. Factoring in cheat days only improves your motivation to stick to your diet.
Lead author Nuala Byrne states that undertaking in rest periods during diets helps combat ‘adaptive thermogenesis’, which studies have shown can promote weight gain after an initial loss in weight.
The study took into account two groups of participants that participated in a 16-week diet.
While one group maintained the diet continuously for 16 weeks, the other maintained the diet for two weeks and then broke from the diet for two weeks. Participants who took a two-week break from their dieting regimes not only lost more weight but also gained less weight after the trial finished.
“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,”