Have you heard about intermittent fasting? The diet that has you alternate “fasting” days — where you restrict yourself to 500 calories — with “feasting” days — where you can eat whatever you want — was recently in the spotlight as Krista Varady, an associate professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago, appeared on The Doctors to explain her “Every-Other-Day Diet” program. Varady states that there are health benefits, and studies have shown that people lose weight and lower cholesterol, but the doctors raised questions about binge eating and whether or not people will fatigue more quickly due to the lack of food.
In other places, backlash has been more severe, with Rebecca Scritchfield, founder of Capital Nutrition Group in Washington D.C. telling Medill Reports it is a form of “disordered eating” and is potentially dangerous.
“It’s not normal to under eat and be so restrictive and it’s not normal to overeat and overfeed yourself,” Scritchfield stated. “In general, we are all going to need three meals a day.”
So it is a fast solution, or diet disaster? Watch the clip to find out more and judge for yourself.