Intermittent fasting: The key to that perfect summer body?

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Did you hear about this new fasting diet? It’s been all over social media! This video explains what intermittent fasting is, the science behind it and metabolic processes. It also presents research articles that explain the diet further.

This video was made by McMaster University Demystifying Medicine students Farah Al Faraj, Sarah Qureishi, Ingrid Kao and Neel Patel.

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