I have read a lot about intermittent fasting and I have tried it a few times, but I am still a little skeptical about it. Obviously if I skip meals and don't make up the calories elsewhere I will lose weight. Is there really an additional benefit I can gain just by not eating for 14 hours? That doesn't seem like a lot of time; it's equivalent to having dinner at 6:30 and having breakfast the next day at 8:30. That's not exactly mind-blowing stuff.
Is the aforementioned 14 hour "fast" really superior to, say, skipping lunch. If I skip lunch it could be only 10 hours (from breakfast at 8:30 to dinner at 6:30), but I'm more active during those hours than I am between dinner and breakfast during the 14 hour fast.
When I'm fasting, should it feel like I'm starving? 14 hours may not be enough to get that hungry - should I wait 18, 20, or 24 hours so that my body is telling me it really wants food? What are the body queues I should listen for to know I'm doing it right?