Skipping meals to save calories is a sure-fire way to tank your metabolismOpens a New Window. and sabotage weight lossOpens a New Window.. Condense those food-free time periods to set intervals, however, and watch the fat melt awayOpens a New Window..
That’s the principle behind the diet method known as intermittent fasting. Unlike many popular diets, intermittent fasting has the backing of scientific research (including a massive 2017 study analysisOpens a New Window. by the International Society of Sports Nutrition), which suggests that intermittent fasting is just as effective as daily calorie restriction—sometimes better—at improving body composition. Furthermore, intermittent fasting doesn’t involve any calorie counting, and may suppress hunger better than traditional low-calorie diets.
Excerpted from Men’s Journal