An interesting and manageable approach

I’ve always believed that one of the keys to successful weight loss is to find a method that works for you, something that you can stick to without feeling deprived. So I’m always interested in reading about new approaches and what new studies are showing regarding successful and healthful weight-loss methods.

I read an article last week about a study that showed that if you cut carbs only two days a week and eat sensibly the rest of the week that you could lose more than someone who cuts carbs and calories every day. British researchers studied three groups of women — one that restricted calories to 1,500 a day and ate a Mediterranean diet, one that cut carbs and cut calories to 650 two days a week, and one that cut carbs two days a week but didn’t have a calorie count restriction. At the end of four months, the women in the latter two groups had lost an average of 9 pounds while the group that restricted their calories each day had lost an average of 5 pounds.

I found this interesting because I think our bodies get used to something quickly if we do it every day and goes into plateau mode. I’ve found this to be true with my eating as well as my exercise routine. In fact, some of my bigger daily losses have come on the heals of a large calorie day or a day off from exercise. But just one. This doesn’t work if I make that a habit. But I believe mixing it up — what and how much we eat, the types and duration of our exercise — keeps my body on its toes, so to speak.

You can read the entire article about the study here. What do you think of it and the study’s results? Have you had success with mixing it up?

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4 Responses to “An interesting and manageable approach”

  1. Sally Kilpatrick says:

    Interesting. I’ve been thinking about this a lot because tracking each and every calorie gets old quick. I keep telling myself there has to be an easier way. I was thinking about experimenting with a strict diet one week then a sensible meals week the next and so on. I’ll have to read these articles to see what they have to say.

    You’re absolutely right about how quickly the body adapts to anything–good or bad–that we do!

  2. I saw that article, and it was interesting. I’ve gotten the impression that the Biggest Loser follow a similiar idea of 2-3 really perfect diet days, 2-3 little loser days, and 1 higher calorie day.

    I also know though that a good WW meeting topic is how the weekend can ruin all your good efforts the rest of the week at weight loss.

    Mixing it up helps keep you from getting bored.

  3. Diane Gaston says:

    Maybe the bonus points WW gives you are the way to “mix it up.” I tend to save them for the times I want to eat whatever I want, like going to a restaurant or eating birthday cake or something.

  4. Donna Alward says:

    When I did Body For Life, I LOVED my weekend cheat day. It kept me from being deprived and kept my body on its toes too, I think. It rarely ever derailed me – especially since I was really good all week, knowing a free day was coming.

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