What Does a Dietitian Say About Intermittent Fasting?

Jen, age 47, says she wants to “lose 5 to 7 pounds and gain muscle.” She told Insider that an average week of activity involves running three to four times, {ilates two to three times, high-intensity interval training twice, and PiYo (a low-impact workout combining pilates and yoga) twice, plus walking on nonrun days.

“I take rest days when I need to, typically every 10 days,” Jen said. “I really enjoy working out but find myself burning out or running out of steam most days.”

Jen also does intermittent fasting Monday to Friday, eating in an eight-hour window between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. But she said she wants to change this schedule and start eating earlier at least once a week.

Jen submitted her eating and exercise schedule for Insider’s Nutrition Clinic, where qualified dietitians and registered nutritionists offer advice on readers’ eating habits. The registered dietitian and certified personal trainer Alix Turoff told Insider Jen is probably over-exercising, doesn’t need to do intermittent fasting to lose weight, and could benefit from eating more carbs throughout the day.

Excerpted from Insider

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