Sometimes it seems as if the diet world is nearly as polarized as the political sphere. Especially when it comes to Intermittent Fasting (IF). I wrote a piece about it last year and, almost immediately, saw people sub-tweeting me to complain about promoting an eating disorder in the name of wellness. That’s a pretty stock response to the mere mention of IF in some circles.
On the other end of the spectrum are the die-hard devotees of this popular weight-loss plan, which places more emphasis on when people eat than what they eat. Earlier this fall, when Dr. Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist and researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, published results from a study that cast doubts on the efficacy of IF, he got an earful.
“I certainly had a mix of responses, either on email or social media,” recalls Weiss. “There were some people who were super cool and really interested, but there were some people who were extremely unhappy. I got a lot of comments from people like, ‘You idiot, how can you tell me that this form of restricted eating doesn’t work when it worked for me?’”
Excerpted from the Toronto Star