For many people, eating a 1500 calorie diet (instead of 2000) every day would lead to weight loss. Easy to want to do, but hard to achieve. But a recent study has shown that you could instead eat 500 calories a day for 2 days out of the week and eat your typical diet the other 5 days and lose the same amount of weight. Each group of premenopausal women cut their calories by 25%.

In the study the 500 calorie day consisted of 4 cups of low fat milk, 4 half cup servings of vegetable, on serving of fruit, a salty low calorie drink and a vitamin. It supplied 50 grams of protein.

After 6 months, each group lost about 13 pounds. The levels of LDL (so called bad) cholesterol, triglycerides and inflammatory markers and blood pressure were similar in both groups. And as a plus, the insulin levels fell more in the intermittent group. The women who cut calories 2 days a week didn’t end up compensating by overeating on the other 5 days.

If you can handle milk product then you could do yogurt, cottage cheese or kefir instead of the 4 cups of milk. You can also do chicken breast, fish, tofu or other low-calorie foods that give you around 50 grams of protein and no more than 400 calories.

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