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CAN GOING WITHOUT FOOD REALLY BE GOOD FOR YOU?

Fasting diets have never been so fashionable. There are bestselling cookbooks on the subject, restaurants offering fast-day menus, and, of course, celebrity fasters. But is intermittent fasting actually effective for slimming or just another fad? Sue Quinn tackles a weighty subject
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THE SANE VIEW

Fasting for religious or spiritual reasons dates back thousands of years, but skipping meals to shift pounds ies in the face of the advice doctors have given us for years that going hungry is not a sensible route to long-term weight loss. These days, however, growing numbers of people are claiming weight-loss success by alternating short bouts of eating very little with periods of eating normally, known as intermittent fasting (IF). It’s an eating pattern praised by celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and Benedict Cumberbatch – and it appears to be winning some scienti c favour, too.

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The August issue of delicious. is bursting with summer goodness: find three beautiful burgers (one’s vegetarian), a dreamy menu from Provence, the best tomato recipes, favourite seaside dishes re-invented and the hottest (and coolest) puds. Dan Doherty tries out his brunch recipes, Francesco Mazzei and José Pizarro create a feast with their chef friends and Meera Sodha cooks lighter vegetarian meals. We’ve also squeezed in Allan Pickett’s duck rillettes, an array of speedy midweek meals and much more…
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