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‘Intermittent Fasting Doesn’t Work. What Should I Eat?’ Health Advice for Women Over 40

The fasting trend isn't for everyone.


Intermittent fasting — eating at certain times of the day and fasting at others — is currently one of the hottest diet trends. The idea is to not specify which foods you should eat, but rather when you should eat them, with the goal being that you’ll snack less and rev your metabolism. Yet not everyone has had success with this diet regimen, in part because they feel hungry during fasting periods, and it can be hard to stick to the plan. Fortunately, that’s normal. Not everyone will take well to the diet, and it simply means they’ll need a different approach. Taking on the topic this week (based on a question one of our readers asked) are our nutrition experts, Mira Calton, CN and Jayson Calton, PhD.

Q: I need to eat when I wake up, so intermittent fasting doesn’t work for me. What food can still help me slim?  

A: Eggs! They’re a breakfast classic for a good reason. With just 70 calories and six grams of lean protein, they tame appetite by keeping you fuller longer than most carb-based breakfast foods, like cereals and muffins. Plus, they’re brimming with healthy fats and rich stores of vitamins and minerals that fire up belly-fat burn. In fact, a study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that folks who ate eggs for breakfast lost 61 percent more in terms of BMI than those who avoided eggs.  

And research published in the Nutrition Journal found that front-loading with eggs in the morning helped overweight women eat less and feel less hungry throughout the day, which helped them eat fewer calories so they could reach their weight-loss goals. Bonus: Egg yolks are rich in metabolism-boosting choline and vitamin D. 

Put FIRST to work for you!  

Nutrition experts Mira Calton, CN, and Jayson Calton, PhD, are leading authorities on nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. They are also the bestselling authors of Rebuild Your Bones: The 12-Week Osteoporosis Protocol. To ask them a question, send an email to  

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.

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