1. Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight Without Following a Traditional, Calorie-Restricted Diet
Research shows that counting calories and limiting your food options make dieting a chore and causes stress which often leads to abandonment of the diet, feelings of deprivation, uncontrolled cravings, and weight regain. Adapting to intermittent fasting, a method of scheduled eating and fasting, relies strictly on time. Some people want more flexibility when it comes to losing weight, says William Yancy, MD, director for the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. “They don’t want to think about dieting every day of the week, they lose motivation after a certain period of time of restricting calories.” With intermittent fasting you follow the rules and some people like that, explains Elisabetta Politi, RD, nutrition director for the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. Intermittent fasting works for people who like to follow rules, she says. “Rather than saying ‘just eat less’ we tell them not to eat after 6 p.m. and for those who have the discipline, it works.”
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