Are There Benefits to Intermittent Fasting? The best diet is the one where you are healthy, hydrated and living your best life. If you want to fast though, it offers similar weight loss benefits as just cutting calories. People who choose not to eat for 12 hours a day, a.k.a. those who fast, claim it gives you better sleep and abs. Are these people just annoying or are they onto something? Generally, intermittent fasting is a diet strategy that involves alternating periods of eating and extended fasting (meaning no food at all or very low calorie consumption). “There’s quite a bit of debate in our research community:
How much of the benefits of intermittent fasting are just due to the fact that it helps people eat less? Could you get the same benefits by just cutting your calories by the same amount?” said Courtney M. Peterson, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who studies time-restricted feeding, a form of intermittent fasting. We asked Dr. Peterson and a few other experts to help us sort out the real from the scam on intermittent fasting.
How do I intermittent fast?
There are four popular fasting approaches: periodic fasting, time-restricted feeding, alternate day fasting and the 5:2 diet. Time-restricted feeding, sometimes called daily intermittent fasting, is perhaps the easiest and most popular fasting method. Daily intermittent fasters restrict eating to certain time periods each day, say 11 in the morning to 7 at night. The fasting period is usually around 12 or more hours that, helpfully, includes time spent sleeping overnight.
Periodic fasting will feel most familiar: No food or drinks with calories for 24-hour periods. Another type of fast, alternate day fasting requires severe calorie reduction every other day. Lastly, the 5:2 method was popularized by author Kate Harrison’s book “The 5:2 Diet” and requires fasting on two nonconsecutive days a week.
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