Intermittent fasting is a trend diet, which alternates between fasting and feeding every day: In the 5/2 variant, fasting people eat normally for five days and then consume very few calories for two days. There was already some evidence that this and similar variants might be helpful for losing weight; a really watertight scientific investigation was missing. A team of nutritionists wanted to change that and now, according to their own statements, presented “the first” randomized, prospective study on 5/2 fasting: a study in which volunteers were randomly asked to stick to different diets for over a year, after which they were asked the success was then independently checked. Diet helps lose weight, so the result – but possibly for other reasons than expected, writes the team led by Katie Myers Smith from Queen Mary University in London in the journal “PLoS One”.

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