Thinking of giving intermittent fasting a try for fat loss and health benefits but don’t think you can go 16-24 hours without eating? Well, a recent study says it may not take that long to reap IF’s rewards. Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, found that pre-diabetic individuals who fasted for 10-12 hour bouts over the course of six weeks experienced decreased levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol as well as modest weight loss (3 pounds of the course of six weeks, on average).
So if you want to use IF to lose a few pounds of fat and improve your health without having to commit full-bore, do an occasional (say, semiweekly for starters) 10-12 hour fast and track your results. Assuming you sleep for eight hours, this would mean only holding off another two to four hours before eating breakfast.
Sounds pretty doable, right?