Fasting is enjoying a surge in popularity, thanks to proponents who claim it activates weight loss. Everyone these days, it seems, is skipping their breakfasts or drinking only water every third day. But is fasting actually good for you? And (more importantly to some) will it make you lose weight? The short answer is yes, not eating will make you lose weight — for a while. Intermittent fasting involves severely restricting food intake for periods of time, which does cause weight loss. Until relatively recently, it was largely a behaviour associated with religious ceremonies or other spiritual works. Now it’s become a mainstream fitness craze. Writer Julia Belluz did an explainer on how it works for Vox , breaking down the basic types of fasting routines that practitioners adhere to: Intermittent fasts involve eating no food or massively cutting back on calorie intake (e.g., 500 calories per day) only […]