Intermittent fasting is getting a lot of press of late, but some folks are still worried about whether this diet fad is healthy, useful, or even safe.
To assuage your fears, New York Times bestselling authors Dr. Mark Hyman, Director of the Cleveland Clinic for Functional Medicine, and Max Lugavere, health journalist, are busting five major misconceptions people still have about intermittent fasting.
1. “Intermittent fasting has been linked to weight loss, but only because when you fast, you eat less food overall.”
Sometimes people practicing intermittent fasting do end up eating less – especially those who have a tendency to snack at night – but even if you eat just as much, it’s likely you’ll still end up losing weight, according to Dr. Hyman.
“Intermittent fasting can lead to fat loss and weight loss even when someone does not reduce the overall amount of calories they consume in a day,” explains Dr. Hyman. “There are a few reasons for this. Intermittent fasting reduces inflammation in the body, and inflammation is a big driver of weight gain. Additionally, glucose metabolism gets better and insulin sensitivity increases when you fast.”