by Caitlin Hendee,
Feb 12, 2018
Every year, there’s some new diet craze that has everyone buzzing. For 2018, much of the talk surrounds this whole “intermittent fasting” concept.
Intermittent fasting is the idea that by cycling our bodies through strategic periods of starvation mode, it will help us lose weight. During the starvation-mode period, intermittent fasting requires that you eat almost no calories (some people do allow for minimal calories, such as black coffee or tea).
Then, during the rest of the day, intermittent fasting works by allowing consumption of all the day’s calories in that one window of time.
Those windows of time vary. For some, it’s 16 hours, from about 8 p.m. to noon of fasting, then eating from noon to 8 p.m. Others follow a 5:2 routine, meaning 2 full days of fasting and 5 days of consumption.
Intermittent fasting focuses on when to eat, and not necessarily what to eat. Although it does not encourage people to eat whatever they want, it does not focus as strongly on calories.
This isn’t just a run-of-the-mill diet trend. There’s actually science to back it up.
For example, a study in Cell Metabolism found that fasting can lower the risk of developing heart disease, cancer, and aging, plus improve brain function.
Another study in Science Daily found that intermittent fasting can help reverse diabetes. And a