“We need to find dinner soon because I can’t eat after 8 p.m.,” my friend said as we wandered around the neighborhood with growling stomachs. That was my first introduction to the trendy Intermittent Fasting Diet. Since that comment nearly three months ago, my Facebook feed has exploded with friends’ and family members’ comments on the diet plan, as well as articles on what it can do for your body. Curious as to what it was all about, I reached out to a few nutrition pros who broke down the concept, along with the potential benefits and concerns.
What exactly does Intermittent Fasting mean?
“Intermittent Fasting is a broad term that covers following a pattern of eating that involves a set amount of time where you don’t eat (or eat an incredibly restricted number of calories), followed by set amount of time in which you do eat,” explained dietitian Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN.