Diets come and go, even as some of us frantically search for ways to lose that paunch and achieve an ideal weight. Years ago, I remember some of our office workers were captivated by the popular cabbage soup diet. All I remember is that our office suite smelled like an Eastern European restaurant. I won’t reveal if it produced results!

One recent popular diet involves intermittent fasting. This means spending certain times fasting, or not eating anything. Plans vary — in some you fast every other day, some you fast for two days out of the week and some are restricted by time, where you eat only in an 8-hour window every day and fast for the other 16 hours.

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