If you’ve heard a lot about intermittent fasting recently, you may be wondering what’s so popular about the latest weight-loss trend and how it’s different than other calorie-restricting diets.
To start, intermittent fasting isn’t so much a “diet” because there aren’t restrictions on what you can eat. Fasting is more a pattern of eating that uses rules to guide when you eat.
There are many forms of fasting, which include:
- Time-focused, where you only eat during an “eating window” or a set period of time each day
- 5:2, where you reduce your caloric intake two days per week
- Alternate day, where you fast every other day
- Periodic, where you fast for a day (or days) randomly throughout the month
Time-focused eating is one of the most popular methods. Take our quiz to see how much you know about time-focused eating—and how it may affect your health.
Unsure what diet is right for you?
Before you start a new eating pattern, speak to a Teladoc dietitian who can help you figure out what diet will work best for you. Our network of 150-plus expert registered dietitians will customize a nutrition plan and help you meet your personal health goals. Choose your dietitian, make an appointment seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m and start improving your health today.
From nutrition to mental health, here are all the ways we can help you feel your best.
Updated August 31, 2021