The strategy is relatively simple, and it’s right there in the name. Practitioners only eat during a preset period of time, and fast for the remainder of the day. The idea is by limiting the amount of time you have to eat, you may also limit your overall calorie intake. That way, you’ll put yourself into a calorie deficit and lose weight.
“Intermittent fasting puts a cap on eating and can eliminate or minimize overconsumption at night. This can decrease calorie intake, can help with better sleep as the stomach won’t be having a fiesta when it is time for a siesta,” says Leslie Bonaci, R.D., M.P.H, sports dietician for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Weight loss isn’t the only benefit to the practice, though. There’s some evidenceto suggest that intermittent fasting can reduce the risk of diabetes, lower blood pressure, and help maintain muscle mass. That said, intermittent fasting is by no means the perfect diet for everyone, or a magic bullet for weight loss. For some, it’s a simple practice that may help eliminate that late night trip to the fridge. But for others, eating in a small window of time is just not sustainable— and the best diet is always one that keeps you consistent.
Excerpted from Aol.