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March 11, 2016
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Good news. You do not have to use diet supplements to lose weight. You do not have to exercise (although you should).

All you have to do is stop eating. It is called “fasting” and it works. This is what one weight expert does. He does not eat breakfast. He skips lunch. He eats all his daily calories (about 2,000) in a six-hour window starting in the afternoon. He says, “Once you get used to it, it is not a big deal. I am not hungry in the morning. This is other people’s experience as well. It is just a matter of getting adapted to it.”

The name of the system is intermittent fasting. It is catching on. For example, the comedian Jimmy Kimmel uses it. For the past two years, he has followed a program known as the 5:2 diet. It calls for five days of normal eating and two days of fasting each week. Mr. Kimmel says it is the reason he has lost weight.

Each week he eats without restrictions for five days. He then consumes just 500 calories on each of the other two days. The 5:2 diet studies show that it lowers weight and improves blood sugar levels.

Another program recommends eating only 500 calories every other day.

Yet another diet calls for time-restricted feeding.  It recommends consuming the full day’s calories in six to eight hours.  Dieters fast for the remaining 16 to 18 hours in a day.

These are not easy diets to follow. Experts say they become easier as you get used to not eating.

Source: The New York Times March 7, 2016

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