PM: Does Intermittent Fasting really work?

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

Intermittent fasting...Something you've probably heard about, and maybe even tried.

  • What is it?

  • How does it work?

  • Does it actually work?

Intermittent fasting gives you a period of time each day (usually 8 hours) to eat, and a period to fast (16 hours). This particular model is known as the 16:8 diet.

Many studies have taken place with the intension of finding out if intermittent fasting actually works. These studies and my personal experiences came up with the same result.

Simply put, yes. Not for the reasons you think though.

Imagine you're a truck driver...

You stop at service station after service station every day and purchase a can of coke, a pie, and a chocolate bar at most stops. You do this from 6 am to 8 pm.

Intermittent fasting helps by restricting the amount of time in the day you are allowed to eat, therefore hopefully restricting the number of calories you consume. Now, instead of eating "junk food" from 6 am-8 pm, you only have from 10 am-6 pm to eat. Do you see how that works?

Who it won't work for...

If you're someone that plans your meals and eats a set amount of calories each day, then intermittent fasting probably isn't for you (in regards to weight loss). However, fasting has been proven to help in areas other than weight loss, and you may find fasting useful in that sense.

All in all, turn to intermittent fasting for calorie restriction, not a miracle!

Marlee Jaynne


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