Fasting for fat loss
Fasting can be an effective tool for managing energy intake, in the same manner as a decreased meal frequency can help manage energy intake.
More calories can be consumed during the allocated meals, which many people find to improve satiety between meals and facilitate dietary adherence.
A lesser frequency of food intake also reduces the likelihood of overconsumption, particularly when looking at dietary intake over a longer timeframe.
It can be argued that eating more frequently requires more discipline to stick to the energy target than if we were to eat less frequently and consume larger meals.
Being hungry for a bit longer might be hard, but some people find it harder to resist a little bit more/something extra alongside a meal compared to simply not picking up a snack in the first place.
I am firmly in that category!
The best approach for any individual will depend on their goals, experience and lifestyle, and any changes should be trialled to see how they go.
Whilst fasting can be a beneficial tool for some people, it's important to remember that these benefits are still aligned with managing energy intake and energy balance is the key to fat loss.
Fasting itself is not magical, nor will it lead to results if energy intake during the feeding windows exceeds energy expenditure.