Background: This study examined the effects of alternate day calorie restriction (ADCR) on various health markers for overweight patients (BMI >30) with asthma. Participants spent 8 weeks eating normally every other day and eating 20% of their usual calorie consumption on the intervening days.
Results: Participants who stuck to the diet lost 8% of their initial body weight on average during the 8 weeks. Subjects’ asthma-related symptoms, control, peak expiratory flow (PEF) and quality of life (QoL) significantly improved. Results showed that an ADCR diet can have rapid and sustained beneficial effects.
Find out more: Johnson, J. B., W. Summer, R. G. Cutler, B. Martin, D. H. Hyun, V. D. Dixit, M. Pearson, M. Nassar, S. Maudsley, O. Carlson, S. John, D. R. Laub and M. P. Mattson (2007) Alternate day calorie restriction improves clinical findings and reduces markers of oxidative stress and inflammation in overweight adults with moderate asthma. Free Radic Biol Med, 42(5), pp. 665-674. View study