Going on a diet takes effort and some diets take a lot more effort than others. Any diet that requires you to count every calorie you consume on each and every day, for example, or diets that demand you cut out entire food groups, thereby requiring you to plan ahead constantly to make sure there’s something you can eat.
In contrast, intermittent fasting seems pretty simple. While you might have to count calories very closely for certain periods of the day or week, the rest of the time you don’t really have to think about what you eat. And given that any weight-loss diet’s success relies on creating a calorie deficit where you burn more than you consume, forgoing food for long periods seems likely to lead to success on that front.
However, there’s more to a healthy and effective diet than whether it helps you lose weight in the short term. To run the rule over intermittent fasting, we spoke to Elliot Moore, lifestyle health adviser for Bupa UK.
What does intermittent fasting involve?
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you switch between periods of eating and fasting. There are a...