Intermittent Fasting: The Anti-Diet That's Not as Scary as You Think

by Byrdie
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By now we're all familiar with the benefits of caloric restriction. However, most of us don't want to live a life deprived of one of its greatest pleasures: food. Luckily, there’s an age-old shortcut—fasting. When most people hear the term fasting, they think about going days without any sustenance. Forget that. Because when you add the word intermittent, everything changes.

"Intermittent fasting is a different schedule of eating where you're giving yourself long periods of time between consuming food," explains Meryl Pritchard, nutritionist and founder of organic meal-delivery service Kore Kitchen. Basically, the idea is that by giving your body a break from eating and digesting, you're thus giving it more bandwidth to detox, burn fat, and rev up your metabolism. But does it actually work? (And is it safe?) Scroll through for more details.

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