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🔗 America Can’t Quit Intermittent Fasting | The Atlantic:

But it still isn’t clear whether intermittent fasting leads to lasting weight loss, let alone any of the other supposed benefits. What sets apart intermittent fasting from other diets is not the evidence, but its grueling nature—requiring people to forgo eating for many hours. Fasting “seems so extreme that it’s got to work,” Janet Chrzan, a nutritional anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania and a co-author of Anxious Eaters: Why We Fall for Fad Diets, told me. Perhaps the regime persists not in spite of its difficulty, but because of it.

I know people swear by fasting and its various benefits but people have sworn by basically every fad diet for the last 100 years.

Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t. I am skeptical of any diet and this one bears all the hallmarks of the genre.

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