There are many different ways of fasting. One of the simplest is to skip a meal if you are not hungry, like I did in my sample-eating week. Another is to have a late breakfast, or skip it altogether if you simply don’t feel hungry when you first get up.

Short Daily Fasting Regimens

12 hour fasting

A 12 hour fasting period done every day used to be ‘normal’. That is, eating 3 meals a day from, say 7 am to 7 pm and avoiding eating anything from 7 pm to 7 am.

At that point, you have a small breakfast. This was what I remember it as a young child in the 1960s.
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16 hour fasting

For example, this would mean eating from 11 am – 7 pm, and fasting from 7 pm to 11am. This generally means skipping the morning meal every day. I would say a third of you like doing this.

The ‘Warrior’ diet

Drawing upon inspiration from ancient warrior tribes such as the Spartans and Romans, the core of the diet consists of eating all meals in the evening during a 4 hour window. I know a woman who does this any day when she is going out for an evening meal. She used to be obese and for many years has been a normal weight. This woman doesn’t even exercise!

Here’s the science: Your insulin and blood sugar go nice and low, which will help you keep your weight down and avoid or reverse diabetes.

With thanks to Dr Jason Fung who writes about Intermittent Fasting at