I guess this entry isn't so much a tip as speculation. Anyway, I read an awful lot of health and fitness related news and thought I'd share this one with you since it does have the potential to have a significant financial impact. Food is, after all, one of the largest expenses that we can easily influence.
Doctors Devise New Diet
Scientists claim to have discovered a new diet that not only ensures weight loss but also tackles diseases and could even prolong life, according to a new report.
Dr James Johnson, who co-wrote the report with colleagues from Stanford and New Orleans universities, said the diet involves eating normally one day and then cutting food intake the next day to between 20 and 50 per cent.
Dr Johnson, who reports having lost 35lbs in the first 11 weeks of being on the diet, said: "We have observed improvement in a variety of disease conditions, starting within two weeks, including insulin resistance, asthma, seasonal allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, infectious disease, periodontal disease, and cardiac arrhythmias."
For people who want to lose weight, according to the report, the diet has the psychological advantage of not subjecting them to permanent food deprivation. But the scientists said what they call "up-day, down-day" dieting also has health-promoting effects.
Some of you who have been following along with my blog know that I take frugality quite seriously. Cutting out 50% of your food needs every other day leads you to 25% less food in total. Given that it appears to be both very healthy and very frugal, it really does look like a win. An added frugal bonus is that improved health means less spent on doctors visits and medications as well.
I don't know about you, but I think I might give this a try. I hate the idea of depriving myself for long periods of time on traditional diets, but if I can avoid overcompensating too much on normal days, this sounds like a cakewalk. Eat normally, eat lightly, eat normally, eat lightly. How hard can it be? It's not like they have lists of foods or special purchases or consumption guidelines to follow.
If you give it a go, please try to come back and drop me a comment to let me know how it is going for you. Oh, hey, I'm not a doctor, but if you have any existing medical issues, please check with your doctor before starting any major new dietary or exercise program.
UPDATE: After following a calorie cycling diet I've posted my results.