If there’s one thing the internet loves, it’s hopping on the latest diet trend. Social media platforms like Instagram are clogged with photos of users’ meal preps and recipe ideas. However, amid the Whole 30 and DASH Diet hype, one weight loss strategy has quietly been gaining steam — and it might surprise you to know that it’s been around for thousands of years.
Intermittent fasting has gained popularity as a diet, not because it’s been endorsed by a celebrity, but because its approach to eating is steeped in science. Rather than focusing on eliminating certain foods or restricting calories, intermittent fasting works by limiting the hours in the day in which you are free to eat. According to recent research, restricting the hours or days that you eat may help with weight loss, as well as improve your blood pressure and your body’s response to sugar.
Although intermittent fasting, or IF, is often referred to as a diet, it’s technically more of an eating pattern, since you are free to consume whatever you’d like during your non-fasting eating periods. Some people use IF in conjunction with another diet, such as the keto diet, while others try to eat as they normally would. There is also a more extreme version of intermittent fasting called alternate-day fasting that requires you to fast for a 24-hour period.
No matter what approach to fasting you take, success seems possible if you’re disciplined enough to stick with it. Just look at some of these stories and progression pics from Instagram users who’ve lost weight using intermittent fasting.
1. A 70-Pound Weight Loss Over Eight Months
After eight months of intermittent fasting, Instagram user rachelsharp93 lost more than 70 pounds and looks awesome in this side-by-side comparison photo.
2. An Amazing Four-Year Weight Loss Journey
Queenlily0102‘s weight loss journey, using intermittent fasting and the keto diet, has spanned over four years and, as the photos show, her hard work has paid off.
3. A Transformation 10 Months In The Making
Yumnaswfitness credits macro counting, high-intensity interval training (or HIIT) and intermittent fasting for her weight loss transformation.
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4. It’s Hard To Believe This Is The Same Person
Instagram user Lisa.b88 admits that she’s had good days and bad on the road to losing over 40 pounds with intermittent fasting and weight lifting.
5. A Mom Loses Weight And Battles An Autoimmune Disease With IF
After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Instagram user and mom megqtl turned to intermittent fasting and the AIP diet.
6. Feeling Fabulous After 11 Weeks
Almost three months after she started intermittent fasting, Instagram user pam.611 has lost 15 pounds and is “feeling fabulous” eating whatever she’d like.
Would you consider IF as a weight-loss strategy?