Taking a ‘diet holiday’ could improve weight loss
Dr Lei Zhang, Prof Herbert Herzog, Dr Yanchuan Shi and Kailun Lee
20 January 2016
Researchers from the University of Sydney and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research may have good news for those who struggle to stick to their diet: taking a break from dieting won’t necessarily ruin your weight loss efforts, and it could actually improve them.
Conducted in mice and published in the journal PLOS ONE, the research found that taking a break from dieting could help weight loss by improving the efficiency of weight loss (the amount of weight lost for every kilojoule restricted). In the study, dieting was carried out for 5-6 days at a time, then interrupted by several days of unrestricted eating.
Garvan’s contribution to the research was led by Professor Herbert Herzog, who leads the Eating Disorders laboratory in Garvan’s Neuroscience Division.