Another person asked about intermittent fasting (IF) today. I really need to work on my poker face. Is it going to kill you? Probably not. Is it going to help you? Ehhh maybe. It’s hard to relay info to folks that don’t really want to hear it, but here goes. IF can work for you, but it isn’t any better than good old calorie restriction (within moderation).
According to a review article a few years ago…
“While intermittent fasting appears to produce similar effects to continuous energy restriction to reduce body weight, fat mass, fat-free mass and improve glucose homeostasis, and may reduce appetite, it does not appear to attenuate other adaptive responses to energy restriction or improve weight loss efficiency, albeit most of the reviewed publications were not powered to assess these outcomes. Intermittent fasting thus represents a valid – albeit apparently not superior – option to continuous energy restriction for weight loss.”
So, do it if you want to, but it’s not magical and isn’t the “next best thing”.
So what do you eat? It depends. It depends on your goals, weight, physical activity level, body composition, dietary preferences, etc… There is NO magic pill or quick fix to help you get to your goals; just a little bit of elbow grease and patience!