For sure, this is not the diets-fasting-rending that feel around.
The diet of the two days is a diet based on reducing calorie intake to just two days a week.
The idea of alternating power to fasting seemed to meet with much success. Michael Mosley, British physician and journalist, author of a best-selling book on the diet, is one of the most vocal supporters of this diet.
The researcher Mark Mattson Baltimore led many animal studies discovering the benefits of this diet. In particular, after several experiments, it was found that in rodents that have followed a diet intermittently were found: a higher level of blood sugar, improve the cognitive level and a healthy weight loss.
This led to believe, therefore, that diet intermittently makes thin and retains a good level of health.
Mattson fasting for about 18 hours a day, several times a week, because, he says, "this habit makes me feel much better."
About 100 women, all overweight, they are subjected to the experiment of the diet of two days. According to this dietary pattern, women who followed a Mediterranean diet for five days a week while, in the remaining two days they ate a low-calorie products.
At the end of the study, women who followed this diet have lost a lot more weight than those who had tried to restrict calories for the whole week.
"The most difficult time of the diet was the first day, mid-morning," said Jane Whyatt, one of the study participants, "I was not a big fan of the food but I had put on a lot of weight in no time and I needed lose them as soon as possible. "
Even Michelle Harvie, dietitian who conducted the study at the Manchester Centre has stated that many people have reaped many benefits from this kind of power.
"We know that people suffer when following a restrictive diet every day," said the expert, "because of that, our goal is to minimize the psychological distress".
Once you get used to this kind of low-calorie diet, the body will gradually adapt to new rhythms and will feel much better.
Dr Harvie who published the results of his research in a new book, "The diet of two days", now hopes to do more research to understand what might be the long-term effects of the diet.