Weight Loss Stalls and Intermittent Fasting


ask-dr-varady-thumbnailWill weight loss during the Every Other Day Diet (EOD) reach a plateau after several months?


Yes, some people have experienced weight loss plateaus after 4-6 months of EOD dieting. This also occurs in people that are in the range of normal weight. If this is happening to you, I would recommend adding another fast day to your week (resulting in 3 fast days in a row), as well as another exercise session (45 min). This has helped most people break through the plateau. Hope this helps!



Notes: Another point to consider is that weight loss is seldom linear, in a straight line. If you graph weight loss, it will most often look like a jagged, spikey stair step; sometimes down and sometimes up. Don’t be dismayed. When viewed over time, you will see that despite the jagged ups and downs, the over-all trend line is down and decreasing–indicating steady weight loss. Sometimes our bodies need to take time to catch up with the loss. We often perceive being “stalled,” because the empty fat cells with be filled with water (because they like to be full) and our bodies like balance…but after a while, your body will get the message and release the water, causing a “whoosh” or a big loss of 2-4 pounds, seemingly overnight.

It’s also very important to take your measurements, first as a baseline when you begin intermittent fasting, then periodically (weekly or monthly). Often when you see no movement on the scale over a period of time, you will realize you’ve lost many inches. Tape measures and photos are your friend, because scales lie!

We will be writing more about breaking a weight loss stall, soon. Please be sure to check back with us!

How long was your longest stall?


Fast Days Healing Days is happy to answer generic questions about the EOD diet or alternate day fasting in the comments section of this post. To ask Dr. Varady a question regarding the EOD diet or this post, please visit her Facebook Fan Page and direct your questions to her. Be sure to visit Dr. Varady’s EOD Diet website.

Author: Susie T. Gibbs

SusieT is passionately committed to seeking studies and research detailing the most effective strategies for killing inflammation, boosting health, increasing energy and expanding longevity through nutrition. Seeking health through ancestral principles and making darn good food while traveling along life’s path to better health occupies a key place in her personal food philosophy. SusieT develops recipes and writes about cooking, food, health and nutrition news. Find her latest work in CarbSmart Magazine, a digital magazine from the leaders in low carbohydrate information. A two-year survivor from late stage, hormone-positive breast cancer, SusieT encourages everyone to meet their kitchen and begin a love affair with life and cooking good, clean, nourishing meals. The life you save could be your own. Email SusieT with questions and suggestions for new 5:2 and 4:3 ADF/EOD recipes.

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