Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Research Suggests Taking Breaks From Dieting May Have Better Outcome

Research Suggests Taking Breaks From Dieting May Have Better Outcome

The starvation reaction is the reason why you always seem to lose a lot of weight at the start of a diet, but less and less as the diet continues.

As many would know, the intestines are teeming with bacteria. The intermittent dieters maintained an average weight-loss of 8 kilograms more than the continuous dieters over a six-month period after the trial ended.

When the researchers categorized the participants according to their level of intestinal bacteria, they found that those with a high level of Prevotella bacteria relative to Bacteriodes bacteria lost 3.5kg more when they followed the new diet than those who followed the average diet. On the other hand, the diets didn't have a significant difference for the participants with low Prevotella to Bacteroides ratios.

In other words, the one-size-fits-all approach to diet and nutrition is pointless (surprise, surprise).

The full statement from the Facility of Science - University of Copenhagen follows below.

'While further investigations are needed around this intermittent dieting approach, findings from this study provide preliminary support for the model as a superior alternative to continuous dieting for weight loss'. "Human intestinal bacteria is an important part of the answer and will from now on play a role in the treatment of the overweight". This is shown by several studies that have delved into the significance of these bacteria.

The research showed that people can not lose weight, even when following a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fibers and whole grains, if they do not have adequate levels of the bacteria Prevotella in their feces.

While the other group dieted for two weeks - then broke from the diet for two weeks - and followed the plan for 30 weeks in total (so that both groups spent 16 weeks on a diet). The participants' weight and body measurements were taken before and after they started their 26-week diets. They made them follow either the New Nordic Diet (featuring plenty of dark greens, berries and whole grains) or the Average Danish Diet (lean meat, eggs, lettuce, coffee but no grains). This new survey from the University of Copenhagen came up with the two bacteria that can help people stop being overweight. Overall, approximately 50 percent of the population has a high proportion of Prevotella-bacteria in relation to Bacteroides-bacteria.

The two diets vary greatly in the amount of fibre you consume, with the New Nordic Diet being much more fibre-rich. "This could apply to as much as half of the population".

CLEAN UP YOUR DIET - It's true what they say, you can't out-exercise a bad diet.

The researchers emphasize that they have already confirmed the results in two independent studies, so they are certain that these results are credible.

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