Decoding Popular Diets: Intermittent Fasting

Decoding Popular Diets: Intermittent Fasting

If fasting seems like an extreme and unhealthy approach to weight loss, that's because it generally is.  Depriving yourself of food also deprives you of beneficial nutrients on which the body relies to function.  But what about intermittent fasting, which promotes short bouts of fasting or limited eating interspersed between days of regular eating?  Is it possible to promote health and lose weight (preferably fat!) while engaging in such a program?  In short, we don't know yet, but there's a growing body of research looking into it!  Here's the breakdown so far. 

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Decoding Popular Diets: An Overview

Decoding Popular Diets: An Overview

I love talking about food - from kale salads to peanut butter pie and from #trending superfoods to the staples of grandma's kitchen pantry.  So, when I meet new people and they discover I'm a dietitian, I genuinely welcome the flood of questions that I usually receive.  Often they've read or heard of a bite (ha!) of nutrition news and want my take on its validity.  Sometimes there's merely a whisper of hope that it's true (does drinking red wine match the benefits of working out?) and other times there's real interest in pursuing the plan (will removing dairy from my diet improve my digestion?).  The most frequent topics posed, however, include overall diet approaches such as going gluten-free or adopting the paleo diet, which leads me to the beginning of an exciting new series!

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