Looking to lose weight in the new year? Study supports intermittent fasting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — February is right around the corner, but for many of us, our “new year, new me” resolutions have already been broken.

If you’re looking for a way to get in shape for the new decade, one study suggests intermittent fasting.

FOX13 spoke to an expert who said it’s all about making sure you do it safely.

“I think it definitely has it’s place in the medical world,” said Jennifer Presson, a Registered Dietician at St. Francis Hospital.

FOX13 asked her what she thought of the latest Intermittent Fasting, or IF review in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“It can be beneficial for pre-diabetes, obesity. It can be a jumping-off point for some patients who are maybe very new to dieting and maybe don’t know how to plan a meal accordingly," Presson said.

So what is intermittent fasting? Essentially it boils down to only eating for a certain amount of time every day.

Many fasters will begin by allowing themselves to eat for 12 hours a day, and then fast for 12 hours a day – working themselves up-to 16-hour fasts – and an 8-hour eating window each day.

“The whole goal of it is to tap in to your glucose stores so that your body can burn its fat, and you lose weight,” Presson explained.

“My window is 12-7, 12-8,” Tanya Mowell told FOX13.

Tanya Mowell has been intermittent fasting for about two and-a-half years.

“It’s been a game-changer. I’ve lost almost 68 pounds total in two years," Mowell said.

Mowell said the lifestyle change ended up changing her life.

“I started waking up earlier. I had energy when I woke up. I didn’t have that before. I was sleeping soundly through the night. I didn’t have that before.”

When her weight loss plateaued, Mowell added a keto diet.

“I’m not a high-risk for diabetes anymore. I’m not on blood pressure medication anymore. I just have energy to keep going throughout my day, where I didn’t have that before."

Mowell became such a believer, she ended up starting her own IF coaching Facebook group, where followers share recipes, tips, and before and after photos.

“The hardest part is getting through the first week, but if you can get used to drinking black coffee and water until around noon every day, then it’s all uphill from there.”

“I’ll start off my day with just black coffee, then I’ll have bulletproof coffee usually around 10 or 11. That’s when I add the collagen peptides and the sugar-free flavorings. I’ll eat proteins for lunch and end my day with fats.”

No system is right for everyone so, Presson said it’s important to consult your healthcare provider before trying intermittent fasting.

If you want more information about intermittent fasting, check out the links below:

The Intermittent Fasting Podcast with Gin Stephens and Melanie Avalon: https://ifpodcast.com/.

Intermittent Fasting For Beginners by Dr. Jason Fung : https://www.dietdoctor.com/intermittent-fasting.