Intermittent Fasting: A Primer

Nutrition: Does it make sense to take extra-long breaks between meals? The research is intriguing, but inconclusive.

If you haven’t had a client ask about it yet, you will soon. Intermittent fasting has hit the mainstream, and a lot of peo- ple are taking notice.

Proponents claim that intermittent fasting causes more rapid weight loss than other approaches; that it makes dieting easier; and that it improves blood glucose control and blood lipids. Does the current body of evidence support these claims? Let’s find out.

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

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