Experts say eating frequent meals throughout the day is the best way to diet. But the National Institute on Aging claims that intermittent fasting could actually be the way to go, and help you live longer.
Tika Collins, a bodybuilding competitor and intermittent fasting user, spoke to NBC affiliate KPRC on the diet's benefits that help her succeed in the sport.
"I had tried everything from dieting, doing two hours of cardio, and nothing seemed to work," she says. "So, once I researched intermittent fasting, I actually incorporated it into myself and my diet and my workouts and everything I was doing and I lost about 30 pounds in two months."
When it comes to intermittent fasting, there's several ways to do it, according to Healthline:
- The 16/8 method: is skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as 1-9 p.m., then you fast for 16 hours
- The 5:2 method: is where you consume 500-600 calories on two non-consecutive days of the week, but eat normally the other 5
- Eat-stop-eat: is fasting for an entire 24 hours, once or twice a week
Collins practices the 16/8 method.