Intermittent fasting: could it help you lose weight, or is it just the latest fad diet?

It seems like every health and celebrity gossip magazine is talking about intermittent fasting, but what exactly is this latest wellness trend about?

Could it help you lose weight, or is it just the latest fad diet?

Jennifer Lopez, Kourtney Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Beyonce, event Wolverine, aka Hugh Jackman, all reportedly swear by their rock-hard abs the diet works! And so, do people like Andrea Mendoza.

Andrea: “It really does make me just feel good.”

Intermittent fasting – a diet where you can eat pretty much whatever you want, and some people claim, still lose weight, fend off heart disease, lower your risk for diabetes, and look younger.

The catch? You can only eat at certain times of the day.

Andrea:The thought of it is scary, ya know? Oh I can’t eat for the next 12 hours but it’s actually not that bad hahah.

Andrea says she eats her biggest meal early in the morning, and stops eating after 6 p.m.

Even though we would still recommend a healthy, balanced diet, we’re not as focused on what you eat rather when you eat

Robin Foroutan, an integrative medicine dietitian, recommends the 8:16 method – where you eat all of your daily calories in an eight-hour window.

The rest of the day? It’s just water, tea, and coffee, with no milk or sugar of course.

Robin said, “There are 10 years of really interesting data, very compelling research studies on intermittent fasting, preventing atherosclerosis, there may be cancer prevention benefits.”

But is intermittent fasting really a magic cure all? 

Dr. Ashton says, “Intermittent fasting is being hyped up. Going 12 or 16 hours without eating is not a big deal medically, physiologically, metabolically or nutritionally, the body does not go into a metabolic fasting state until it’s without food for about 36 hours.”

But if just the idea of fasting makes your stomach growl, Foroutan says the best thing to do is start small.

Foroutan says, “What’s great about intermittent fasting is that you can do it some of the time or most of the time and still stand to reap great benefits.”

Whether you decide to try this diet or not, dietitians say just 12 hours of fasting can be a major boost to your health.

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(This story was originally published on November 7, 2018)