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"Maintaining a proper diet requires a lot of willpower, and one of the problems we see very often with modern weight loss programs is that people cannot sustain a restricted diet over long periods of time," Liu said in a news release.
"The temptation to eat becomes overwhelming, and many people end up regaining the weight they've lost, so we wanted to see if there may be an alternative to these diets," he said.
And while his study raised the possibility that alternating a high-fat and balanced diet could combat obesity in humans, Liu cautioned that results in animal testing may not translate directly to humans.
But he said that he and his colleagues think that an alternating diet similar to the one used in their experiments could serve as the foundation for new dietary guidelines.
To read the complete study, "Alternating Diet as a Preventive and Therapeutic Intervention for High Fat Diet-induced Metabolic Disorder," click here.