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Fasting two days a week more appealing than traditional diets, study finds

Recent research suggests dieters prefer intermittent fasting as it is simpler to stick to

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Want to shed pandemic pounds? The first scientific study on intermittent fasting in everyday life in the UK has found the 5:2 diet to be a more appealing way for participants to lose weight than following traditional GP advice.

The 5:2 diet, which shot to fame nearly 10 years ago, allows people to eat normally five days a week, but restricts what they eat on two non-consecutive days, severely limiting their caloric intake on those days.

Both interventions led to a “similar modest weight loss” after a year, but the results of the randomised clinical trial, released on Wednesday night, showed people preferred the 5:2 diet...

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