Alternate-Day Intermittent Fasting Put to the Test

Does every-other-day-eating prevent the metabolic slowing that accompanies weight loss or improve compliance over constant day-to-day calorie restriction?

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Whoa that was a long one, packed in a lot of good stuff. So, bottom-line: it doesn’t appear to provide an edge over traditional calorie cutting, but if you like it better, why not give it try? Maybe you should hear my next video first, Is Alternate-Day Intermittent Fasting Safe? (

Over the next couple weeks, we round out the series with:
• Does Intermittent Fasting Increase Human Life Expectancy? (
• The 5:2 Diet and the Fasting-Mimicking Diet Put to the Test (
• Time-Restricted Eating Put to the Test (
• The Benefits of Early Time-Restricted Eating (

What about total fasting? If you missed them:
• Benefits of Fasting for Weight Loss Put to the Test (
• Is Fasting Beneficial for Weight Loss? (
• Is Fasting for Weight Loss Safe? (

I have a whole chapter on intermittent fasting in my new book How Not to Diet—pre-order now (! (All proceeds I receive from my books are donated to charity.)

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-Michael Greger, MD FACLM

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