CSIRO scientists reveal how to lose weight on the ‘flexi’ diet

Scientists found the “flexi” diet was an effec­tive way to lose weight and keep healthy. Picture: Thinkstock

Scientists found the “flexi” diet was an effec­tive way to lose weight and keep healthy. Picture: Thinkstock

FASTING is the best way to lose weight, acc­ording to Australia’s peak research body.

The CSIRO has even re­leased a new diet where everyday Australians can follow recipe books and meal plans.

Scientists found the “flexi” diet, which encourages intermittent fasting and meal repla­cement shakes, was an effec­tive way to lose weight and keep healthy.

Those who took on the 16-week diet lost 11kg on average.

Research participants all ­recorded improved levels of cholesterol, insulin, glucose and blood pressure.

“This was the largest study exploring the effects of an ­int­ermittent fasting style of diet on weight loss, health and nutrient status,” CSIRO res­earch dietitian Dr Jane Bowen said.

“In addition to improvement in weight loss and overall health, we also observed psy­chological improvements, with participants indicating better control over eating habits.”

Scientists found the “flexi” diet, which encourages intermittent fasting and meal repla­cement shakes, was an effec­tive way to lose weight and keep healthy.

Along with intermittent fasting and meal replacement shakes, participants had a “flexi” day for one day of the week, where they could enjoy any food and drink they liked.

The flexi diet was released by the CSIRO yesterday with the creators of the Impromy weight loss program Probiotec.

The latest research follows the popular 5:2 diet, which ­encourages participants to ­restrict their kilojoule consumption to 25 per cent for two days and eat normally for five.

It also comes as some short studies showed intermittent fasting resulted in weight loss and metabolic improvements.

“Losing weight can be challenging, with results often limited by an individual’s ability to stick with a diet,” Dr Bowen said.

“The flexi program offers a flexible alternative to traditional diets, which could help Australians to fit a weight loss diet around their busy, social lifestyles.”

Some short studies have showed intermittent fasting resulted in weight loss and metabolic improvements. Picture: Thinkstock

CSIRO said few studies had compared the long-term eff­ects of intermittent fasting and continuous energy restriction.

Pharmacies are offering the program, which includes a recipe book and a website with personalised meal plans.

The meal plans can be modified toward more whole foods the diet progresses.

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