#155 … overeating on Feast Day doesn’t happen. – Krista Varady
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QUOTE “Eat all you want! The Every-Other-Day Diet makes losing weight easy. There’s no long-term deprivation, and there’s one simple rule: Eat 500 calories on the day you diet (Diet Day), and eat anything you want and as much as you want the next day (Feast Day).” 
With every-other-day dieting, dietary deprivation never lasts longer than a day, and total dietary freedom is always just a day away. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “There’s no way that’s going to work. I’m going to eat so much on Feast Day that I’ll never lose weight.” But the studies I’ve conducted show that overeating on Feast Day doesn’t happen. On average, people following the Every-Other-Day Diet eat about 110% of their normal caloric needs on Feast Day. And they eat about 25% of their normal caloric intake on Diet Day. That’s an average of nearly one-third fewer calories over two days—and a perfect formula for steady, safe weight loss. 
QUOTE “There was no overeating on Feast Day. I thought the obese participants in my study would eat a lot more on Feast Day to make up for the caloric restriction of Diet Day, but they didn’t. On average, the dieters ate the same number of calories they always ate (and even a little less), consuming an average of 95% of their normal caloric intake on Feast Day. In other words, Diet Day was not followed by Overdo-It Day! Hunger vanished. My colleagues and I asked the study participants to rate their hunger on the evening of each Diet Day, using a scale of 0 to 100; 0 was “not at all” hungry, and 100 was “extremely” hungry. After three weeks of dieting, the average ranking was 60. After four weeks, it was 50. And after seven weeks it was 35. In fact, after about two weeks on the Every-Other-Day Diet, most of the participants said they felt little or even no hunger on Diet Day. That’s more good news, because it’s constant, gnawing hunger that drives most people to cheat on or quit a diet.” 
QUOTE “So you try to obey your diet’s unique set of commands, whether there are 10 or 100 of them. But you end up feeling frustrated. So you “sin.” You eat “bad” foods. You feel like a “bad” person. And then you repent. (“I’ll never eat doughnuts again!”) And then, inevitably, you repeat the whole self-defeating cycle all over again. Why does this happen? As day follows night, dietary excess always follows dietary deprivation. When a food is forbidden, it becomes tantalizingly tempting, and you crave it. Are you on a low-carb diet? You’re probably craving pizza. On a low-fat, plant-based diet? You’re probably dying for a steak. On a Paleo Diet? You’re probably dreaming about cheese enchiladas. Eventually, you give in to those cravings. Maybe you even binge. Another reason diets fail: hunger. Hunger is good. Hunger is natural. Hunger is your body’s way of telling you that it needs fuel. The point of hunger is to let you know it’s time to take in more calories. But weight-loss diets are about calorie restriction.” 
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 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 and Bill Gottlieb.
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