Wait, You Can Eat Bacon and Potato Chips While On An Intermittent Fasting Diet … ?!

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 3:00 AM, January 31, 2018

Aired January 31, 2018

Intermittent fasting may not sound super appealing from the get-go, right?

But what if Dr. Ian Smith said you could eat bacon and eggs, chicken salad and potato chips and steak and potatoes while on the diet?

Well, before you sign on the dotted line, read on!

"You can have it," Dr. Ian explains of the yummy foods we mentioned, "but here’s the caveat -- you have to have it in a six- to eight-hour window."

"You can eat all you want in those six to eight hours,” he continues, "but after those eight hours are up, you are fasting for the night."

So, say you start eating at 8am, you’re allowed to eat until around 2pm (4pm, max!) -- but then you have to fast until 8am the next morning.

(You CAN drink water during that fasting period, though!💧)

Now, why does Dr. Ian think this system works? Well, he argues, how much can one person really consume in 6 to 8 hours?

Fair point! You’re essentially training your stomach to expect less.

With that said, Dr. Ian and Rach agree that this diet sounds pretty drastic -- so as always, be sure to consult your doctor before making any dietary changes.