Some people claim that cutting out carbs is absolutely necessary after 5pm/after your workout/after you hit a certain age/etc etc etc.
And on, and on, and on, and ON...
Here's the real deal. There's really only ONE rule about fat loss that's true for everyone, and that's this:
You have to be in a caloric deficit - which means, eating less calories than you burn in a day so your body will start to utilize body fat for energy (which will cause weight loss).
But how you create this caloric deficit is up to you.
>> THERE'S NO RULES! <<
You can intermittent fast, or you don't have to.
You can cut carbs, or you don't have to.
You can eat breakfast, or you can skip it.
What should YOU do?
Do what helps you adhere to your calorie goal.
Some methods of dieting work better for people, but that doesn't mean they're for EVERYONE.
For some people, intermittent fasting helps them feel more satisfied with their meals because their meals are bigger.
For others, trying to fast for 16 hours makes them feel lightheaded, constantly hungry and low energy.
So for them, it's better to eat consistently throughout the day.
And guess what?
Both ways work.
So if you're feeling confused and overwhelmed by the wealth of information about how to lose weight, remember this:
Keep it simple.
When you're starting to feel confused, go back to the one basic rule: calorie deficit.
And what you do to create that calorie deficit should be about what helps you stick to that calorie deficit. Period.
Hope that helps you take this week on with a little confidence in your fitness plan!