That may be, but I was pretty surprised when I learned that Orthodox "fasting" is "hey, we can have fish today". My idea of fasting is water fasting, which I do as a matter of health practice a few days a week. What Orthodox call "fasting" is what I call "abstinence".
The simple fact is that the vast majority of Orthodox, including nearly all of those who stress the importance of fasting, just don't fast - other than in the morning prior to Holy Communion. When the canons or the Fathers speak of fasting, it means no food or drink for a certain time (typically until the 9th Hour - 3pm). Abstaining from animal products, wine and oil is a supplement.
Of course, there are many times of the year when abstinence is prescribed, but fasting is not. On every Saturday and Sunday of Lent, for example, abstinence from animal products is prescribed, while fasting is prohibited by the canons.
Generally speaking, on days when oil or wine and not permitted, a total fast should be kept until the 9th Hour, after which a single vegan meal may be eaten. On days when oil and wine are permitted, animal products are a no no, but you can eat at any time of the day.
So yes, what most Orthodox call fasting is mere abstinence from animal products. Traditionally, however, the Orthodox Church prescribes a rather severe form of fasting that would make Ramadan seem rather trivial by comparison.