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OKLAHOMA CITY – When it comes to losing weight, many people try to simply cut calories.

In the past, dieters have been told that skipping meals is bad for your weight loss.

However, new research says skipping one meal could be key to losing those excess pounds.

The 5:2 diet calls for two days per week of minifasting, where participants are encouraged to go 14 to 18 hours without eating.

During these two fasting days, you also eat only about 600 calories, give or take.

The other five days of the week you forget about dieting and return to your normal pattern of eating.

According to NPR, the fast helped women lose more weight and body fat, while improving their insulin resistance.

On Thursday, health experts stopped by our studios to talk about the diet.

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