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Alternate-day fasting has become a trending weight loss strategy, but a new trial on overweight/obese people showed that it offered the exact same benefits as traditional calorie restriction. Randomizing people into those that did every-other-day fasting or a diet restricted to 75 percent less daily calories, researchers found that at six months both the fasters and calorie restriction group lost 6.8 percent of weight (with no difference in blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.). But the fasters saw the biggest dropout rate.

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