New intermittent fasting diet not best way to achieve long-term weight loss


Have you heard of intermittent fasting? Supposedly it may be the newest diet trend starting to emerge. Wow, that was fast, didn’t we just get through the “Wheat Belly” fad?

I was asked to do an interview for CBC radio Canada International on this topic. Here is a link to my to both the article and interview.

Here is the (PDF) if you would like to print off my tips.

Bottom line: I am not really sure that if the diet works or doesn’t work. There is obviously some big fans out there of this diet, and people have reported losing weight on intermittent fasting. But without any long-term weight loss/ weight loss maintenance data it is very hard to measure the diets long-term success. It won’t be a diet that I will be trying anytime soon (as a test to find out how it feels), because I LOVE food TOO much do go an entire day without eating. I also wouldn’t recommend it for weight loss, because I don’t think it is something that people would be happy on, and can sustain fasting lifelong. *Among other things, this is definitely not a diet for anyone who susceptible to disordered eating, has a medical condition (i.e. diabetes) or is pregnant.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic…if you have tried it, or thinking of trying it.

~Susan, RD


About alittlenutrition

Susan is passionate about teaching others how to achieve optimal health and wellness by taking the confusion out of nutrition and promoting fun ways to stay active. Susan has been a certified fitness instructor for over 8 years and enjoys teaching yoga, pilates, and fitball classes at Elite Fitness and Dance. However, her main interest in nutrition has led her in the direction of becoming a registered dietitian. Susan completed her undergrad in Human Nutritional Science at the University of Manitoba and has recently completed her dietetic internship with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Currently she is now combining her fitness skills with her nutrition knowledge and offering comprehensive nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Susan worked as a sales executive for a variety of paint manufactures for over 10 years. She created innovative sales initiatives and marketing programs for corporate and independent retails stores. Now with her knowledge of nutrition and her business experience, she helps restaurants and food service operations create healthier meals options for their customers. Susan is highly involved in community health promotion, as she has been appointed to sit on the Recreation and Wellness Commission of Niverville and the Chair person for the South Eastman RHA District Health Advisory Council Western division. She is the co-founder of former the Niverville Active Living and she has put on many community health promotion activities such as: * Lose It For Life - Weight loss / Lifestyle Transformation program * Family Fitness Month…Win A Will Contest * Niverville Fair ~ Smoothie Booth * Community Cholesterol Reduction Challenge * Cooking On A Budget * Couch Potato Race She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Manitoba, Dietitians of Canada, Manitoba Fitness Council and the Canadian Obesity Network. In her spare time, Susan enjoys cooking for her family, gardening, photography and being physically active outdoors with her husband and friends.
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4 Responses to New intermittent fasting diet not best way to achieve long-term weight loss

  1. I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about how fasting once a week or so can do amazing things for you. It is an extremely fast way to lose weight, build muscle, and cleanse your body. A lot of people overlook this rather obvious method to lose weight because it sounds difficult. From what I’ve heard from people who have done it though, it ISN’T!!
    There are a lot of other advantages as well. Some people say that it slows aging, prevents cancer, lessens the effects of diabetes, and more. I’ve devoted an entire website to this at

  2. Hi there! This blog post could not be written any
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  3. Frankie says:

    I believe on what you explained to us. It is very important for us to have proper discipline and continue to observe a proper diet because in most cases, there are folks who easily quit. Thanks for your great information

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