Have you heard of intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting involves alternating between periods of fasting and periods of eating with no restrictions. Fasting can vary and may involve no food or significantly less food. There are many reasons a person may choose to intermittent fast. They may fast for religious reasons or for longevity. In recent years intermittent fasting has also become a popular weight loss method.
While animal studies show promise of benefits to this method of calorie restriction, there has not been enough research with the human population to determine if this is an effective and safe approach to weight loss. There also haven’t been enough studies of the potential long-term effects. Intermittent fasting is not recommended for people with diabetes, women who are pregnant or breast-feeding and individuals with a history of eating disorders or disordered eating.