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Safety and efficacy of alternate day fasting

Alternate day fasting (ADF) has gained considerable popularity as a weight loss intervention. A new study provides data showing that zero-calorie ADF (defined as 36-hour water fast alternating with 12-hour feast) is a safe and effective intervention to lower body weight and metabolic disease risk in participants who did not have obesity.

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Correspondence to Krista A. Varady.

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K.A.V. received author fees from Hachette Book Group for the book The Every Other Day Diet. K.G. declares no competing interests.

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Varady, K.A., Gabel, K. Safety and efficacy of alternate day fasting. Nat Rev Endocrinol 15, 686–687 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41574-019-0270-y

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