There are several different approaches to intermittent fasting like the 16/8 (sometimes known as the Leangains Protocol) where you consume all of your food in any 24 hour period within an 8 hour window, fasting the other 16 hours.
Another is the Eat-Stop-Eat method where you literally fast for an entire 24 hour period once or twice a week (in other words, nothing but water and 0 calorie drinks for the whole day - eeek! - not for the faint hearted!).
A third approach which, from where I am standing, is the easiest and most sustainable, (and far less likely to play havoc with your social life) is the 5:2 method where on 2 (or you can step up to 3 if you want to speed things up) days per week you restrict your calorie intake to just 500, eating a normal diet and living your life on the remaining days.
Obviously, any of these options will restrict the calories you consume over the course of the week - but what other benefits does Intermittent Fasting offer over standard reduced calorie diets? Here are the many plus points which evidence based studies have thrown up!
(Oxygen at the ready - we’re about to take a deep dive into the world of science!)