Intermittent Fasting

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Question

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Short Answer

Intermittent fasting (IF) is an term for cycling between a period of fasting and non-fasting. Many common fasts are 16:8 (sixteen hour fast with an eight hour eating window) and 18:6 (eighteen hour fast with a six hour eating window).

Intermittent fasting (or meal frequency) in itself does not promote weight loss, but caloric balance does[1]. However, many proponents of IF find the strategy helps to manage their hunger with low calories while dieting.

Long Answer

Further Reading

https://www.muscleforlife.com/does-intermittent-fasting-work/

References

  1. (Bellisle et al. 1997) Meal frequency and energy balance