There’s no shortage of diet plans out there: Every one from paleo to keto to Whole30purports to be a life-changing way of eating. But intermittent fasting, another trendy “diet,” has been growing in popularity, and it’s less about what you eat, and more about when you eat it. Maybe you’ve heard buzz about it in your running club, or you know a friend who tried it to lose weight, and you’re curious about it yourself. Here’s a full breakdown on intermittent fasting for weight loss.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
“Intermittent fasting is an eating plan based on times you allow yourself to consume food,” explains Natalie Allen, R.D., an instructor of biomedical sciences at Missouri State University and the team dietitian for all Missouri State athletes. And it’s pretty strict: “Classically, intermittent fasting means you consume only water during fasting periods, but many variants allow herbal and green tea and coffee, but no sugar or sweeteners,” says Jason Fung, M.D., author of The Complete Guide to Fasting.
Excerpted from Runner’s World