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Who can benefit from intermittent fasting (IF)?

A stable diet consisting of quality foods, with intake based on hunger cues, is always recommended. However, the what, why, when and how of eating is different for everyone. So if you wanted to try fasting as a way to lower calorie intake, then it might be a strategy worth trying.

Intermittent fasting (IF) is recommended when you’ve lost your hunger. It’s easy in the American culture of food availability and glorification of “busy” to stop eating for hunger and start eating for a bunch of other reasons: You eat breakfast because it’s 8 a.m. and you need to leave for work; you eat lunch because your coworkers are all going out at noon; you eat a snack at 4 p.m. because you’re bored … and so on.

If this sounds like you, a week or two of IF might help reset your awareness of hunger and recognize the difference between actual hunger and other types of hunger.

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