Diet Less, Lose More - The 2-Day Diet Plan for Losing Belly Fat
Are you looking for an easy diet that will help you lose weight effortlessly? Sounds too good to be true - doesn’t it? But in fact according to Prevention magazine, scientists have found that dieting less (2 days out of every 7) can lead to long-lasting weight loss results as summarized below in this diet less, lose more, 2-day diet plan that will help you lose your belly fat.
The 2-Day Diet Plan: here is how it works in detail.
The 2-Day Diet Plan relies on a combination of two weight loss approaches: part-time dieting and low carbohydrate consumption. The scientists who devised this plan found that it was a combo plan that was not only very easy for dieters to stick to, but also resulted in more weight loss and reduced belly fat than by dieters who tried more-conventional diet-every-day methods.
This combo diet originated from previous studies that focused on part-time dieting to help women with an increased risk of developing breast cancer lose weight as a cancer-prevention measure. The diet consisted of a low calorie regimen of only 650 calories per day for 2 days out of the week with the remaining 5 days of normal healthy eating. The researchers found that sticking to this diet led to weight loss, reduced levels of leptin and insulin, and lower levels of inflammation-inducing proteins associated with breast cancer.
However, sticking to 2 days of 650 calories per day proved difficult for the dieters. Therefore, the researchers tried another route by making the part-time 2-day dieting be about lowering carb intake rather than calorie intake.
On the 2-day, low carb diet, the test subjects wound up losing even more weight and developing lower levels of leptin and insulin, and showed lower levels of inflammation biomarkers than that which was observed in the low-calorie, 2-day dieting test group.
Prevention’s 2-Day Diet
Inspired by this research, Prevention magazine developed the following 2-day diet plan that they tested on 18 women and men who in 6 weeks lost an average of 9.1 pounds and 7.5 pounds of body fat, with some losing more than 20 pounds!
Here’s What You Need to Do per Prevention Magazine’s Diet Instructions:
1. Focus on eating low-carb by avoiding carb-heavy foods such as pasta, pizza, bread, snack foods, and sweets, 2 days a week. You pick which days. They don't have to be consecutive.
2. On your low-carb days, aim to eat no more than 50 g of carbohydrates. Spread your carbs—from vegetables, low-carb bread, fruit, and dairy products—throughout the day, making lean proteins (eggs, fish, or poultry) the central part of your meals. This comes to about 15 g of carbs per meal (roughly the amount in a small apple or a glass of milk), plus 5 g of carbs for your daily snack (say, a few slices of fresh tomato and mozzarella). So on a low-carb day, you might eat an omelet for breakfast, a leafy green salad with grilled chicken for lunch, string cheese and a few almonds for a snack, and salmon with a side of string beans or broccoli for dinner.
3. The rest of the week, enjoy regular-carb eating, but don't go overboard on processed foods. Opt to get your carbs from healthier sources, such as grains, fruit, and non-starchy vegetables.
Reference: Prevention magazine “Easiest Weight Loss Plan Ever” by Sari Harrar