The fasting and the furious

When did you eat your last meal? Did you have breakfast this morning, or did you give it the skip? Are you a strict three-meal-a-day kind of person, or someone who grazes? Or do you, like many others, live by the intermittent fast?

According to the International Food Information Council, 10 per cent of Americans between the ages of 18-80 are said to be on some sort of restrictive food regime. Many proponents have adopted the 5:2 method, whereby they restrict their calories for two days a week. Others eschew food for long stretches, say from 8pm until lunchtime the next day.