A look at intermittent fasting


Tonya Johnson, MS, RD, the UAMS Director of Nutrition Services and Lisa Fischer, morning radio host for B 98.5 were on Good Afternoon Arkansas Tuesday to talk about intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is a way of eating in which the person abstains from eating a majority of the day, only consuming food during a "feasting window" during the day.

Lisa Fischer says she has lost at least 13 pounds with intermittent fasting. She fasts around 19 hours a day. She says she typically fasts from about 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. the next day. During that time, she drinks only black coffee, unsweetened tea or water. Fischer says when she opens her "feasting window," she eats whatever her body wants.

Tonya Johnson says while intermittent fasting is popular, it may not be for everyone. Johnson says intermittent fasting is okay for general population, but you should talk to your physician if you have any health problems. She says people with diabetes or pregnant or nursing should not attempt intermittent fasting. Johnson says it can help you lose weight initially, but it’s all about eating healthy and exercise. She says if you eat unhealthy foods, you still lose out on health benefits and a healthy diet is still key.

Lisa's experience with intermittent fasting can be found here on her website.

To reach Tonya Johnson and UAMS about intermittent fasting, go to

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