#152 The truth is diets don’t work when you diet every day. – Krista Varady.

#151 The truth is diets don’t work when you diet every day. – Krista Varady.
 
QUOTE “Diets don’t work. You’ve probably read that statement dozens of times, if not hundreds. But even though “Diets don’t work” has become a truism, it’s not true. The truth is diets don’t work when you diet every day. Diets don’t work because no one can endure day after day of deprivation, cut off from the foods they love. Diets don’t work because no one can follow their complex and artificial rules for weeks and months on end. Diets don’t work because they’re unworkable! But the reasons why traditional diets don’t work are the same reasons why the Every-Other-Day Diet does work—because it does away with daily deprivation and hard-to-follow rules. And you don’t have to just take my word for it, because unlike other diets, the Every-Other-Day Diet has years of rigorous scientific research to back up its claims. As a PhD in nutritional science and an associate professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois, I’ve spent the last 10 years conducting weight-loss studies on modified alternate-day fasting—a simple and science-proven approach.” [1]
 

#183 A study that didn’t go too well. – Krista Varady

QUOTE ““Don’t even bother,” he said. And then he proceeded to tell me (to my surprise) that he and his colleagues had recently conducted a human study on alternate-day fasting, in which the participants ate zero calories on fast day. A study that didn’t go too well.2 First, he wasn’t able to recruit anyone from outside Pennington to participate in the study, because the idea of fasting every other day seemed so onerous; he was forced to enroll Pennington professors in the study. Next, he couldn’t even convince many of those professors to participate for all three weeks of the study. Of the 16 that started, only 8 finished. And even those who finished told him they hated alternate-day fasting. Their families hated it, too. “I was so cranky and irritable on fast day that my wife wouldn’t talk to me,” said Dr. Ravussin, who participated in his own study. I had already planned to allow my study participants to eat 500 calories on fast day; my conversation with Dr. Ravussin convinced me I’d made the right decision. For successful every-other-day dieting, you need to be on a modified fast, not a total fast. (In scientific papers, I sometimes call my approach ADMF, or alternate-day modified fasting.) You need to eat a small meal during the day, so you can stay balanced emotionally and mentally, interact with people without blowing a fuse, and get through your workday efficiently and effectively.” [2]

 
NOTE – What does it say?
The truth is diets don’t work when you diet every day.
1. Diets don’t work because no one can endure day after day of deprivation, cut off from the foods they love.
2. Diets don’t work because no one can follow their complex and artificial rules for weeks and months on end.
3. Diets don’t work because they’re unworkable! But the reasons why traditional diets don’t work are the same reasons why the Every-Other-Day Diet does work—because it does away with daily deprivation and hard-to-follow rules.
4. For successful every-other-day dieting, you need to be on a modified fast, not a total fast. (In scientific papers, I sometimes call my approach ADMF, or alternate-day modified fasting.)
 
Takeaway: let the Strict day meal be keto, so as to keep the body in a fat burning mode.

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What gets your attention?
What human needs or problems are addressed?
What questions do you have?
What solution or hope does it offer?

What does it say that we need to obey?
What would a camera see if this happened?
Who needs to hear this?
What are the actual steps that I would take?
 
SOURCES:
 
[1] Quote from “The Every-Other-Day Diet: The Diet That Lets You Eat All You Want (Half the Time) and Keep the Weight Off” by Krista Varady
 
[2] Ibid, ?
 
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