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.

Then, schedule an appointment with a Teladoc dietitian who can help you create achievable health goals and figure out what eating pattern works best for you.

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Test your intermittent fasting knowledge with this short quiz.

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Intermittent fasting may be a good dietary pattern for someone with obesity. However, it’s not right for everyone, including:

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Daily intermittent fasting typically means eating all your calories in which set time frame?

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day if you’re trying to lose weight.

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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.

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Updated August 31, 2021

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