Every Other Day Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

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.


Creator Jon Benson Before/After

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

every-other-day-dietThe 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

Look for other healthy meal ideas here.

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.

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 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
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  • Hannah

    I think I am confused by this diet. I was looking for something to try that was to only eat every other day but on the days I eat I would eat healthy. For example MWFS I would eat healthy and low cal and TTHS I wouldn’t eat at all. Is this correct?

    • http://www.everydiet.org ted

      With the EODD a dieter eats normal calories one day and the next follows a very low calorie diet <800 calories.

  • rob ward

    Listen up. I’m only doing this because I have been doing the every other day diet for a month and lost 4 pounds. I intend on staying on this diet because it does work. I don’t mean pay for the e-book, I mean try every other day without paying anybody anything. All you have to do is this. On your diet day: eat all the fruits/veggies you want (to include cottage cheese). On your non diet day: eat regular amounts of whatever you like (don’t go crazy….just eat normally). Do this for a few months and I’m telling you it WORKS. I won’t be typing any more reviews of this product….because I didn’t buy it and won’t. Hope everyone has a chance to simply try doing it without paying anything. God bless and good luck!

    • david hubball

      I’m in the same boat – I’ve been trying this diet without buying the book. So far, I find it tough on the diet-days and give in to temptation at night-time – even with a few mis-haps by me, it does seems to work. I would like the book to help me get more motivated – paying £39 for a book seems a lot – so I’ll keep saving my money and keep going with this diet :)

  • Kim

    When I received the product there was no instruction on how to use the product. You should really be sending a booklet explaining what you can eat on the “Diet Day” instead of saying it’s a Diet Day what is that suppose to mean? More info would be nice

  • Max

    Holy crap all the people are gathering here. How many times does this ted person have to say its an ebook and that they have nothing to actually do with it other then this review? Jeez. I like the idea of this diet… I’m not buying the book but I’m giving the idea a,shot.

  • Liliana

    this is literally so stupid…this sounds like what i did during my eating disorder and my hair fell out and i got bruises all over my body, lost muscle mass including heart muscle and weakened my heart, and ended up in treatment for anorexia. and now it’s a freaking diet?? such bullshit

    • Joy

      Liliana, when you had the eating disorder, did you follow the exact directions of this diet? My guess is NO. You probably did it every day, not every other day. And did you drink a lot of fluids and take supplements? The video documentary by Michael Mosely showed that people who fast in this manner actually improve their body – making them much less likely to have heart disease, cancer, alzheimers, diabetes, and other ailments. It also increases their lifespan. I’m definitely going to try it, because all the diseases mentioned above are in my family. I want to cut my risk…and, as a bonus, lose some extra pounds. I’m 59 yrs old, and hoping to live into my 90’s, remaining healthy.

      • Kim

        I have a question! I just bought this and I am confused about the “Diet Day” Do I eat on the Diet Day? Or Don’t I eat?

      • http://www.everydiet.org ted

        The diet day is the day you don’t eat.

  • RM

    I tried this diet for 5 months and lost a ton of weight. You have to be able to stick to this forever in order to keep the weight off. It works if you stick to it!

  • JonDC71

    Ha ha! Are these people for real? Why would you come to this site and ask for your money back???

    Anyway, a lot of research has recently been done on fasting and it is proven to have numerous health benefits including increased longevity, reduced cancer risk, significantly reduced heart disease risk, higher fitness levels, greater immunity, decreased BMI, greater elimination of toxins from the body and less stress on cells making you look and feel younger.

    I’m not promoting anything i’m just expressing a brief description of some of the literature i’ve read about the subject. Short spells of fasting is being recommended more and more in medical and nutritional circles. I’m going to give it a go myself.

  • Lisa

    Most of These comments are misdirected.. This is obviously just a revirew and a good one. I may even have gotten enough information from it to try the diet on my own without purchasing the QOD dietbook.
    I do not care for tomato juice, can orange juice be substituted or perhaps carrot? Whey protein? Just buy the powder and mix per instructions? If this is all there is to it why should i buy the Dr.’s book?

    • Joy

      Lisa, from what I have seen, you just take a vitamin/mineral supplement every day, and on fast days, have mostly a liquid diet, but eating up to 400-500 calories, with some protein. I’m going to try having a fruit smoothie (minus banana) and maybe later in the afternoon a slim fast meal replacement bar – but drinking a LOT of fresh lemonade sweetened by stevia. I’m hoping for good results. Today is my first fast day. Oh, and on the feasting day, I plan to eat normally for me, which means not overdoing the calorie intake. I’m going to try to keep it at less than 2,000, avoiding greasy and high carb foods. My starting weight is 170…and I’m 5’3″. Oh, and I haven’t bought the book yet. But I am not planning on following any sample meals. Just drink fluids mostly on the fast day.

      • cindy

        same here lisa! just eating around 500 on fast days(including a big salad with romaine lettuce and some omega boiled eggs.)
        so tomorow will be 2000calories of nutritious food not junk!

  • donna

    for god’s sakes people. this is a review. TED didn’t steal your money and he can’t make your download appear. contact the people you ACTUALLY bought the stupid download from. OMG

  • Dan

    Jesus! Every other person here seems to have got ripped off except for “Ted”. I say every other person,but more like every person since ted leaves a comment after every person. I wont be buying this book any time soon.

  • Bob

    Yuck, sample diet plan is a joke

  • Luana

    EODD send me my product you took my money. Ihave nothing good to say yet it better be here soon.

    • ted

      @Luana, I believe the version you are talking about is an ebook. You have to download it from the internet. Check your email for the payment receipt as there’s usually download instructions there.

  • Shelley Hume

    Friday I paid the $47.00 and was reading the diet but only got half way through it, I’m having trouble today getting it back so I can read the rest. Can you tell me what the email address is?

    • ted

      No Shelley, This is just a review of the diet.

  • Debbie

    I signed up for the $1 trial not realizing that you would charge me I am totally not impressed with this diet!

    • ted

      We didn’t charge you anything, you’ll have to contact The Every Other Day Diet people.

  • Debbie Shortland

    I have recieved no products from you. My bank was debited $5.82 on 1st September 2010 and I was guaranteed to lose weight in 3 weeks. Once again my bank was debited another $72.26 on 27th September 2010. My bank is looking into this furthur as no products or correspondence from you has been recieved at all. All I have is this to go by CLKBANK*2BL4NERW208-472-9400GBR

    • ted

      Debbie, this site isn’t the EODD but I do know that you have to download the program to your computer as it’s an ebook. Nothing will be mailed to you. You should have an email somewhere with a link to download the diet program. Best of luck. :-)

  • Anne Housley

    I have not recieved my order for The Every Other Day Diet2.0 and 7 Minute Body Both are payed for At ClickBank order Numbers SQ3EZ8VT and SQ3EZ8GT dated 13 march 2010. Could I please have them sent thanks.


    • ted

      Anne- The products are ebooks and you have to download them..they will not be sent. Check the email receipt you got from ClickBank for links.

  • Denice

    I paid for the book back in May, got nothing in return. Have contacted them, no reply. I paid $58. What a have. Do not order this, they take your money and send you nothing.

    • ted

      Denice, This is an ebook and you have to download it from the internet. They never said they would send you anything.

  • Tony

    I believe in every other day diet, worked for me fast!
    eat one day Only RAW fruits! Nothing else! 2nd Day FOOD day !!! back to the Foods you were eating, YES like Burgers, Pizza ect….Repeat this one day on and one day Off…you will Lose 1-2 lbs every other Day !
    Trust Me,…No need to buy anything….if you want to know more …e-mail me ,…..on any questions….

  • Maddnezz

    Lisa, I understand that you have had your own success and I am happy for you, but no one thing works for everyone. I personally have worked several diet schemes in the past, and it wasn’t until I was heavy exercising twice a day 6 days week (mixing 3 mile runs with hour+ aerobics classes) that I started to see improvement. As well as being a male of 6 feet 4 inches 280lbs and only taking in enough calories to sustain my high paced schedule. I lost 50 lbs in less than three months, but it wasn’t the sort of plan that had reasonable sustainability, which is why I am here tonight. The key for all of us ultimately is to find a plan that is effective, and most importantly sustainable. Just like with my case, I dropped 50 and put it back on because I couldn’t sustain that lifestyle. This whole thing is more of a lifestyle change than an image change. If you are unable to change to a lifestyle that you can live with, then you will fall right back into the pit just like I did. In short, the way that works for you doesn’t work for everyone. We all need to find what works and help each other in doing so.

  • Morgan

    I personally LOVE the every other day diet! I lost 35 pounds this last summer when i was 10 years old! I just turned 12 and has gained quite a bit back, but I still look good, but its pretty noticeable. I gained because of the holidays! Lots of cooking! So, none of these other diets were working, so i came across an idea of this and looked it up online, and came across this diet, and in just less then one week, lost 2 pounds!! Not very much, but a good start!

  • fi

    and forgot to mention, have some wholegrains too

  • fi

    1stly, people this is REVIEW site, not one trying to sell you anything.. and 2ndly, I have had a look a the actual site that tries to sell you the diet, and very quickly got tired of the various pages you go through, I gave up without even seeing theprice, i can’t believe some make it the whoe way through to purchase stage.. seriously, if you want to lose weight, it’s simple, eat less, do more.. try and base it round the two fruit, 5 veg idea, add some protein, and the occasional treat. You’ll feel and look better.

  • Lisa

    Here’s my PERFECT DIETt: Eat a breakfast (NORMAL) egg/toast/liquid, or 3/4 cup cereal, or fruit and toast, Lunch: sandwich/drink or salad/drink, or soup/drink heres Supper: meat/veggie/starch/a drink, if you choose pizza have two slices ONLY and a one drink ; then if you are starving after seven, go have a fruit cup, or toast, or 1/2 cup cereal. Between this all WALK anywhere, somewhere 30-45 minutes, slow, fast , whatever….move. THE END. Let me know how you do. Oh, and if you HAVE to have an outing with friends eat 1/2 the meal with 1/2 desert…JUST an FYI you may not loose that day or week.

  • Mary

    I got suckered into paying to receive information on this diet. I was looking for a ‘way of eating’ that my boyfriend and I could do together. But after reading the content, I knew he would never consider this diet. I paid for this info just before Christmas and requested a refund the beginning of Jan 2010. STILL NO REFUND!!!!! I have posted two tickets. Both are now over a month old and NO ONE has ever responded. I have continued to post updates to my tickets to no avail, even changing the status to CRITICAL. (Has anyone ever received a response to an open ticket???)

    If you just have questions about this diet, DO NOT PAY TO GET THE ‘BOOK’. Once you receive the information, they don’t care that you are not interested.

    If EODD really felt that they have a good program, they would allow people to bail and happily refund their money so only those that do wish to continue this diet submit comments.

    • ted

      Again please note that this is a review of the QOD diet which isn’t the one Mary ordered. there are many of these types of diets out there and some are scams so be careful.Also, use a trusted merchant such as clickbank and be sure to read the fine print about how long you have to receive a refund some only give you 30 days…

  • Doris Lott

    Please cancel my subscription and refund my payment.
    Thank you. Doris Lott

    • ted

      @Doris, sorry this is just a review of the QOD plan, you will have to contact the company you signed up with if you would like a refund.

  • Rhonda Boothby

    Wow, glad I read comment section, almost fell for it myself today. I am typing this on January 26, 2010 and there is still a website. I reached it by clicking on a link on the Octomom website…go figure. Think I’ll save my $39.00 now that I’ve read about it.

    • ted

      Remember there are several versions of this diet out there…this review is not on the scam one, but a the QOD diet which isn’t a scam….

  • DrDeTox

    Can’t figure how someone could trademark and claim ownership of this diet–I did this diet way back in 1971 and didn’t have to buy a book or anything else-it’s been around a while…

  • Carol Stoody

    I signed up and paid $39.97 on 11/18/09. I find I can not do what is asked of me and have only lost a few pounds. Can I still get my money back?
    Please respond

    • ted

      @Carol you will have to contact the website where you bought the diet from, everydiet.org is just a diet review site and we do not sell products.


    Really? I was hoping to find some actual REVIEWS! Is every person on here (besides ted) completely computer/internet illiterate?

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