Every Other Day Diet

Every Other Day Diet

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The Every Other Day Diet (EODD) involves one day of normal eating alternating with one day of very light eating where dieters consume around 300-400 calories.

It was designed by Jon Benson as a way for dieters to lose weight without dieting.

He highlights the fact that our ancient ancestors never knew how much food they would get to consume on any given day, so they always varied their caloric intake, which kept them thin and healthy.

Jon struggled with his weight all his life until he discovered this method of eating, which transformed his life for good.

The Every Other Day Diet Basics

By eating normally every other day, Benson that dieters will be able to avoid the metabolism reducing effects of low calorie diets.

The SNAPP Method

The Every Other Day Diet uses the SNAPP Method as the basis of the program.

Jon Benson says the SNAPP Method basically consists of the following:

  • No Counting Calories.
  • Food amounts are based on body weight, not calories.
  • Your Favorite foods can still be eaten.
  • Never eating the same amount of food each day.
  • Following a nutrition plan not a diet plan.

The EODD has some Paleo Diet aspects and is high in protein and low in refined carbs during most days. However foods like pizza and desserts are allowed during certain times and days only.

The diet is designed to cause the body to burn fat stores for energy instead of energy from food sources.

EODD claims 3x Faster Fat Loss than traditional low calorie diets.

Benson claims that dieters will feel okay on the low calorie days because the design of the diet keeps the mineral and protein content high and this helps dieters to keep feeling strong.

Over 40 pages of recipe are provided in The Every Other Day Diet as well as detailed meal plans that tell you exactly how and when to eat.

Recommended Foods

There are no forbidden foods but the majority of foods recommended are based on protein, healthy fat and low carb criteria such as lean meats, eggs, low-fat dairy, nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables, fruit, and fish.

Sample Meal Plan

The following is a sample meal plan for the low calorie day.


6oz tomato juice
1 small slice of ham
1/2 cup strawberries

Morning Snack

Whey protein


6oz tomato juice
1oz low fat cheese
1/2 cup pickles

Afternoon Snack

1 stalk celery
Calorie free salad dressing


Egg white omelet with onion, green pepper and mushroom
1/2 cup strawberries

Evening Snack

Whey protein
1 cup mixed vegetables

Exercise Recommendations

Jon Benson says traditional cardio is a waste of time and shows dieters how to use cardio to their benefit as well as emphasizes the importance of building lean muscle as a method to burn fat and speed up metabolism.

These exercises can also be used with the EODD Diet.

Costs and Expenses

The Every Other Day Diet is available online for $39.97 and is available immediately after payment is processed.

Click here to learn more or to get your copy.


There is another very popular diet written by Dr. John Daugirdas called The QOD Diet, which espouses a similar concept to the diet reviewed on this page.

It is suitable for those who prefer hard copies instead of eBooks.

In addition dieters may need to purchase nutritional supplements including whey protein, fish oil and calcium/magnesium. But EODD has a whole section devoted to which supplements work and which are a waste of money.


  • Scientific research on animals shows that this way of eating is promising for its potential to extend lifespan.
  • May be easier for some dieters psychologically as there is only one day of dieting to stick to at a time.
  • Since dieters can still have favorite foods, binge eating is less likely.
  • Suitable for women, men, teens, and children.
  • Online email support.
  • Deals with emotional eating and other issues.
  • 60 day money back guarantee.


  • Many dieters may feel tired and have difficulty with normal activities on the low calorie day.
  • Some dieters may have trouble only being able to have high carb foods on certain days.
  • Not suitable for dieters with certain medical conditions. Consult your doctor before attempting this method.
  • Vegetarians would have a tough time following the EODD

Keeping the Body Guessing May Be the Key

The Every Other Day Diet is a fairly simple approach to weight loss that is designed to vary calories each day so the body’s metabolism never adapts which can stall weight loss.

Many have been successful with this method and dieters can still occasionally have their favorite foods while on the EODD Diet.

The “paleo” type nature of this plan won’t appeal to everyone, especially those who don’t eat meat or animal products.

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

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Last Reviewed: January 25, 2018

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