Still, although some studies have found benefits to intermittent fasting, other research has found the approach to be about as effective a traditional, low-calorie diet for weight loss. In the end, many experts agree meal timing is less important than eating a balanced, nutritious diet.
“I wouldn’t say there are bad times to eat,” explains Hope Brinkmann, a registered dietitian at Tidelands Health, our region’s leading health care provider. “You definitely don’t want to go extremely long periods without eating, so intermittent fasting is a trend that is generally not recommended.”
At Tidelands Health, registered dietitians such as Brinkmann work closely with physicians and other specialists to help patients develop meal plans tailored to their unique medical conditions and health needs.