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I'm an ardent follower of the Butterfield Diet.
In all seriousness, intermittent fasting has been shown to help certain groups of people in clinical studies, but I'm not sure it would be a good idea for just anyone to pick it up. As >>2716 shows, even the most simple diet plans can be rendered ineffective up by slipping up elsewhere. Fasting won't help you feel or look much better if you're eating poor quality food on your non-fasting days. Similarly, low carb diets won't mean much if you're eating processed meat and few vegetables, or aren't aware of the stealth sugars that find their way into other foods. Low fat diets are a poor choice for a number of reasons, but somehow low calorie/low fat-high sugar products are still being marketed as health foods. The worst, maybe the most frustrating, habit I've noticed in others is to try and 'balance' stereotypically healthy foods versus whatever their vice happens to be, i.e. eating a salad to make up for last night's burger or curry.
I think a big part of the problem of dieting for the majority of people is that highly advanced or specific plans are presented to them when a far more basic set of modifications will help make them healthier. The only thing that really works is the boring thing: learning as much as you can about nutrition (something beyond the bare minimum) and making a series of realistic lifestyle adaptations to be applied consistently over time.
Partially unrelated, but I'll post anyway: I'm not a follower of any specific diet plan, but I do agree with a comment made by Art De Vany, one of the popularisers of the 'paleo' diet. He upset some audience members at a workshop when he was asked, "What's the best thing for fat loss?" to which he answered, "Don't get fat in the first place." It sounds brutal and even a little bit discouraging to people who are already overweight, but the message is that gaining weight happens as a result of many cumulative factors that can be really bloody difficult to reverse. I don't believe there is a silver bullet to get rid of fat that has taken years to accrue, only that series of sustainable changes that puts you on a different course.