A new study published in Cell Metabolism revealed the effects of an eight-week trial that tested the benefits of intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting, also known as time restricted eating, involves eating your meals in specific time slots, and therefore “fasting” for the rest of the day. One of the most popular fasting plans is the 16/8 method, which involves fasting every day for 14–16 hours and restricting your eating window to eight to ten hours. For instance, you could choose to only eat between midday and 8pm – an eight-hour “window” which means you’re fasting for 16 hours per day.
It means all you need to do is skip breakfast and stick to drinks rather than foods during the fasting period to lose weight. The plan is thought to have many benefits, but while some dieters may be tempted to fast for even longer to boost their results, the new study suggests they don’t need to. The surprising results revealed that not only does intermittent fasting work for those wanting to lose some weight, but that a longer fasting period isn’t necessary to see a difference on the scales.
Excerpted from Express