This article was written by Victoria Wolk and provided by our partners at Prevention.
Losing weight is hard work. Sometimes the gym is just so far away, and that box of doughnuts is just so right there. But here's some good news for the willpower-deprived: You don't have to be obsessive about diet and exercise to lose weight. Slackers can be slim, too. Here's what to do:
Diet Twice a Week
In a three-month study, women who went on a low-carb diet for two days per week lost nine pounds, while those who scaled back to 1,500 calories every day for the entire week lost the same amount. Here's what's probably happening: On a strict diet that never gives you freedom, you're bound to get hungry and slip up. But on a two-day diet, you can better withstand the cravings because you know it'll end soon. As long as you don't overindulge when you return to eating normally, your overall calorie intake for the week will be lower, and you'll lose weight.