Studies suggest that intermittent dieting protocols are the key to greater fat loss and
retaining lean body mass. The Matador (Minimising Adaptive Thermogenesis & Deactivating
Obesity Rebound) Study explored the concept within an Obese Male population.
The study compared two types of dietary approaches within a 30-week Dieting Period. A
cyclical approach of Two Weeks Dieting followed by Two Weeks as baseline VS the same
time period spent in a continual dietary deficit. Both diets had clients in a 23% caloric deficit
The results saw better Weight & Fat Loss. This suggests that interrupting Energy restriction
with Energy Balance ‘rest periods” may reduce compensatory metabolic responses (such as
decreased Metabolic rate, Energy Efficiency, Decreased Neat etc) and in turn improve
weight loss efficiency.