The How, Part 1: Alternate Day Fasting

NEW DIET!Alternate Day Fasting is a type of intermittent fasting. It’s fairly simple to describe: One day you eat like you normally would, the next you limit your calorie intake. Problem solved, goodnight!

Okay, there’s more. The specific program I’m working on is one popularized by a BBC program on Intermittent Fasting and Krista Varaday, assistant professor of kinesiology and nutrition (it’s a thing) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). If I can find a link for the BBC doc, I’ll share, but I recommend you read this interview with Krista. Here are some highlights that sum up the program:

“You reduce calories by about 25 percent. That works for a little while,” she said. “The problem is that you probably can’t stick to it more than two months. You’re hungry and uncomfortable throughout the day.”

Fasting every other day works better, she said. “You have a day in between where you can feel totally normal again,” Varady said.

With alternate-day fasting, dieters have a fast day followed by a feed day. They consume a good-sized lunch — 400 to 500 calories for women and 500 to 600 calories for men — between noon and 2 p.m. on the fast day.

Pretty simple, right? Eat what I want one day, keep it to 500-600 calories the next! But what’s keeping you from going crazy and binging on the non-fast days? [Read more…]