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How a 2-Day-A-Week Diet Might Work

By Sandy Schroeder

Our world is filled with tons of diet advice and offbeat approaches that all promise the loss of weight, but a new 2-day-a-week diet may be worth a look.

Just recently, Prevention announced a 2-day-a-week diet that definitely got my attention. I wondered if it worked, could I diet just two days, and forget about the issue the rest of the week? Visions of good food with no calorie-counting swirled through my head.

Here’s what Prevention is suggesting to slim down without a day-in, day-out ordeal.

The inspiration came from a group of medical research trials in Great Britain, which Prevention confirmed with their own study. Their researchers found the two-day approach helped individuals lose pounds, inches, and belly fat. They said their tests showed this diet helped individuals lose twice as many pounds as many of the seven-day-a-week popular diets.

Here's What Happens

For two days a week, you delete foods that you know are bad for you, and follow a lot of fast, easy, low-calorie recipes recommended by Prevention. Then, on the five remaining days you can eat what you want. In other words, for five days you get to have favorites, such as french fries, pizza or chocolate chip cookies. There are no elaborate daily calorie counts, separate meals or substitutions when you go out to eat. On this two-day-diet, a safe weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week is expected for a normal healthy adult.

Another Option: The 16-8 Fasting Diet

Recently, I posted a blog about a 16-8 hour fasting diet that also lets the dieter eat whatever they want part of the time. The individual fasts for 16 hours, but is free to eat whatever he or she wishes in the other eight hours.  A University of Illinois study found obese people who used this fasting approach lost moderate amounts of weight and lowered their blood pressure after 12 weeks. Group participants ate 350 less calories per day than the control group. Their eight-hour eating window ran from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. From 6 p.m. to 10 a.m., they could only drink water, black tea or coffee, or diet sodas.

These two efforts may be the first of many more diets to come that help us become more aware of what and when we eat as we learn how to successfully lose and maintain a healthy weight.

As always, whenever you are changing your diet, check with your doctor first.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downers Grove, Ill.

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