Fasting diets are trendy these days, but they may be no better for weight loss than traditional diets, according to a new study.

Researchers looked at a weight-loss method called “alternate-day fasting,” in which people drastically reduce their calorie intake every other day, but eat more than usual on nonfasting days.

The researchers randomly assigned 100 obese adults to one of three groups: an alternate-day fasting group, a traditional diet group and a group that did not diet at all. Participants in the alternate-day fasting group consumed just 25 percent of their typical calorie intake — about 500 calories — on fasting days, and 125 percent of their typical intake on nonfasting days. In contrast, those in the traditional diet group consumed 75 percent of their typical calorie intake every day.

Fasting diets are trendy these days, but they may be no better for weight loss than traditional diets, according to a new study.

Researchers looked at a weight-loss method called “alternate-day fasting,” in which people drastically reduce their calorie intake every other day, but eat more than usual on nonfasting days.

The researchers randomly assigned 100 obese adults to one of three groups: an alternate-day fasting group, a traditional diet group and a group that did not diet at all. Participants in the alternate-day fasting group consumed just 25 percent of their typical calorie intake — about 500 calories — on fasting days, and 125 percent of their typical intake on nonfasting days. In contrast, those in the traditional diet group consumed 75 percent of their typical calorie intake every day.

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