every2014 has just begun and all anyone seems to be talking about is how to lose the Christmas bulge. Ah, all those mince pies seemed such a great idea at the time…

At Woman, we’re big fans of the 5:2 diet – have you paid a visit to our new 5:2 diet channel yet? What could be easier than following a diet just two days a week?

However, recently you may have heard a new number combination sweeping through the dieting world: The 4:3 diet, also known as the Every Other Day Diet.

Here’s all the info you need about the latest weight loss regime from across the Atlantic.

Dr Krista Varady, whose research helped start the 5:2 fasting plan, is behind the new Every Other Day Diet book. Instead of fasting two days a week like the 5:2  you fast every other day, alternating your on and off days.

In a recent interview, Dr Varady told a US newspaper the Every Other Day Diet “solves the problem of diet deprivation with diet satisfaction”. How, you ask? It allows people to feel “completely normal every other day”. After a day of heavy deprivation, you get to look forward to a day of eating normally. Long term, 4:3 dieters feel less frustrated than those on a diet every single day.

How much can you expect to lose? People who are overweight can lose around 3lbs per week, whereas people within a normal weight range will lose around 1lb per week.

Don’t give up! Like all diets, it can be hard to start with. You may feel more irritable than usual but keep focused on your goals. See this as a lifestyle change, not just as a quick fix solution.

The Every Other Day Diet is available from Amazon.

If you’re doing the 5:2 diet then make sure you get your hands on Woman’s brand new 500 Calorie Diet Cookbook, £5.99, which is available in newsagents and supermarkets now. For more resources visit our online 5:2 Diet channel.

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Words by Collette Naden