Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that has become popular among people looking to lose weight. Unlike diets and other weight loss programs, it doesn’t restrict your food choices or intake. Instead, all that matters is when you eat. While some people claim that intermittent fasting can be a safe and healthy way to shed excess weight, others dismiss it as ineffective and unsustainable. This article explains whether intermittent fasting works for weight loss.
Intermittent fasting involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting. Most types of this dietary pattern focus on limiting your meals and snacks to a specific time window — typically between 6 and 8 hours of the day. For example, 16/8 intermittent fasting involves restricting food intake to just 8 hours per day and abstaining from eating during the remaining 16 hours.
Excerpted from Healthline