The Alternate Day Diet achieves calorie restriction by limiting calories every second day. This diet plan is based on studies that have shown that restricting caloric intake on alternate days can turn on the gene that is responsible for regulating satiety. Dr. Johnson thinks that this diet can increase the dieter’s metabolism, allowing it to burn calories faster.
Compared to other diet plans that can help people achieve the desired weight loss, this diet plan will not slow the metabolism.
Every day can be either an Up Day or a Down Day, as you can eat as much as you like on Up Days, but on Down Days you have to restrict calories. Meal replacement shakes are recommended as the only food to be consumed on Down Days during the induction phase of this diet plan. This induction phase last for two weeks, but the longer term Alternate Diet plan is not as restrictive. Dieters can eat food on the Down Days, but they have to keep the caloric intake to less than 500 calories.
The advantage of this diet plan is that there are no foods that are off-limits, so this makes it easy to follow and stick to. However, the diet plan does not encourage exercise. Dieters may find this diet plan an easy way to lose weight as they do not have to give up their normal diet.
However, the Down Days may result in hunger and fatigue. This makes it stressful and challenging for some people.