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'The Doctors' weight loss wars: Intermittent fasting versus Doctors Diet

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It's a new twist on the battle of the bulge. "The Doctors" talk show featured intermittent fasting's weight loss benefits versus "The Doctor's Diet." We've got the skinny on how each diet works and weigh in on the pros and cons.

Nutritionist Dr. Krista Varady explained how her intermittent fasting diet works. She is the author of "The Every-Other-Day Diet: The Diet That Lets You Eat All You Want (Half the Time) and Keep the Weight Off"(click for details). The benefits of this diet include rapid weight loss, the ability to enjoy your favorite foods without guilt and, according to the latest research, a longer, healthier life.

In a nutshell, however (and yes, you can have nuts and even dig deep into a jar of peanut butter on your feast day!), the Every Other Day Diet involves these guidelines for fast days:

1. Eat a 400 calorie meal and a 100 calorie snack
2. Drink lots of water
3. Drink tea and coffee
4. Chew sugar-free gum
5. Eat pre-packaged meals with extra vegetables if you are too busy to cook

Bonus: On feast days, eat as much as you want without deprivation. So does it work, and is it safe? Studies say yes, with results indicating steady weight loss. Moreover, dieters lost fat, rather than muscle. Researchers are now evaluating how fasting may reset your metabolism, causing your body to burn fat as energy. You can find out more about "The Every-Other-Day Diet: The Diet That Lets You Eat All You Want (Half the Time) and Keep the Weight Off" by clicking here.

Then "The Doctors" featured some women who used Dr. Travis Stork's weight loss plan book to shed considerable amounts of weight. The book is: "The Doctor's Diet: Dr. Travis Stork's STAT Program to Help You Lose Weight & Restore Your Health" (click for details). You get a jump-start plan for quick weight loss followed by phases to teach you how to surrender unhealthy food habits and adopt new ones.

Dr. Travis emphasizes eating healthy every day, using the power of protein to take off pounds and keep them off and kicking sugar addiction. For the women featured on the show, it definitely made a difference. He also is the author of "The Lean Belly Prescription: The fast and foolproof diet and weight-loss plan from America's top urgent-care doctor."

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