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Is intermittent fasting (IF) based on science?

Intermittent fasting (IF) is based on ancient history, not contemporary science. IF first reached the mainstream around 2003, when the book, The Warrior Diet, was published. The Warrior Diet basically prescribed fasting all day and eating one large meal at night because this is what its creator claims that paleolithic man and Roman soldiers did.

While studies of IF have yielded positive findings, these were conducted in animals -- mostly mice, rats and fur seals. These studies have not been replicated on a large scale in humans.

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