“Intermittent fasting” refers to periods of fasting followed by periods of feeding. The typical daily intermittent fasting diet is called a 16:8, where you’re basically fasting for 16 hours of the day, and eating for only eight hours. We already have periods of fasting in our normal lives as a result of our daily sleeping patterns. The reason it’s called “breakfast” is because you fast while you sleep and break your fast with the first meal you eat when you wake up. Most people fast for about 12 hours and eat for about 12 hours. By simply extending that fasting window by a few more hours, so that you’re fasting for 16 hours and eating only for eight, you’ll derive many of the benefits of intermittent fasting that are lacking with normal eating schedules.