Intermittent fasting is something youve probably heard an earful about this year. And its newfound popularity is proving that the buzzy fasting approach is going to hang around for a while, as it already has tons of celebrity enthusiasts and a very active subreddit with up to 137k subscribers. But if you are curious as to what intermittent fasting actually is, registered dietitian Abbey Sharpe explained to INSIDER some of the ins and outs. Basically, it involves eating only during certain parts of the day, while abstaining from anythingbut water and coffee for the rest of the time.However, to give you the full breakdown on everything intermittent fasting, we spoke to Sharpe and registered dietitian Sylvia North about some of the advantages (and disadvantages) to consider if you are planning on giving intermittent fasting a try. Below are some expert tips on the subject to totally keep in mind. Intermittent fasting can promote weight loss, but it might be short-term."I dont really like seeing weight loss as a benefit across the board, but I know this is the number one reason why people are trying intermittent fasting," Sharpe told INSIDER. However, she suggested that several human studies have found that intermittent fasting has been associated with a significant decrease in body weight, body fat, and waist circumference in the short term, making it something to consider if you are giving intermittent fasting a try. Fasting can be pretty simple and can fit easily into your routine."This eating pattern is easily implemented and great for people who like routine," Sharpe said. It also means you dont have to cut out specific types of foods that you may enjoy, she suggested. Intermittent fasting can have a positive impact on your cholesterol levels.Sharpe suggested that intermittent fasting may also lead to significant decreases in total cholesterol, LDL (bad cholesterol), blood pressure, and triglyceride levels. Reducing these markers may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, she explained. See the rest of the story at Business Insider Click here to read full news..