Rather than a diet that has you following which foods you can and can’t eat, intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of eating and refraining from eating. That’s what makes it so simple (and so popular).
Despite its recent popularity in many forms of diets, fasting has been around in many cultures since the 5th century BCE — and for good reason.
Not only does fasting make you feel better, it’s actually a more natural eating pattern than eating 3-4 meals every day. That’s because our bodies evolved to be able to function without sustenance for long periods of time.
So if you try refraining from eating for just 8 hours per day a few times a week, you’ll start to notice these 5 benefits: