If your biggest obstacle to weight loss is consistency, you’re in luck. British researchers found that women who gave up carbs for just two days a week lost more weight than women who restricted their daily caloric intake to around 1,500 calories per day.
The researchers randomly assigned 115 women, all of whom were overweight or obese, to one of three diets, reports latimes.com. One-third of that group were put on a diet that restricted calories to 1,500 per day. The second group ate normally, with the exception of two days per week where they cut carbs and decreased their daily caloric intake to about 650 calories. The third group also cut carbs for just two days per week, but had no calorie restriction.
After four months, 88 women had completed the study. The results found women in the low-carb dieting groups had lost an average of nine pounds, compared to five pounds lost by women who restricted their caloric intake. These two-day per week dieting groups also had lower insulin levels, which combined with weight loss, can help lower the risk of breast cancer.
What’s your biggest challenge when trying to stick to a diet?