Not surprisingly, the study had a lot of dropouts, too: 13 alternative-day fasting participants, 10 calorie restriction participants, and 8 control group participants left the trial before the end. And, as you might have guessed, multiple alternate-day fasting dropouts said the program was just too difficult to follow.
So, it sounds like alternate-day fasting is a pretty unpleasant experience, and it doesn't necessarily work. Which is fair since calorie counting doesn't work for everyone, and what happens to your body when you skip a meal isn't pretty. While no singular weight-loss method works for everyone, this particular diet sounds like a write-off—so feel free to pass on fasting.
This article originally appeared in Womenshealthmag.com