Is Intermittent Fasting Good For Us Or Not? What Do Studies Say?

We, living in the 21st century, are always bombarded with trends. Trends related to fashion, styling, eating, behaving, socializing, and much more. As and when trends keep coming, we are the first ones to try them without researching much about its pros and cons, and how it might affect us.

A recent trend that’s catching everyone’s attention is “Intermittent Fasting”. On social media, you must have seen a lot of people speaking about it. Listening to them, we too get excited to try our hands on it thinking that it will yield similar results.

But I feel bad to reveal that it doesn’t work wonderfully for all, especially for women, a new study has discovered. Let’s unravel the mystery.  

But First, What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a sort of diet in which you avoid consuming calories for a certain duration, mainly 12 to 40 hours. During the fasting period, you can consume water and other calorie-free beverages but refrain from eating solid food items and drinks that contain calories.

Intermittent fasting

For instance, you have breakfast at 10 am on Friday and then you fast for 24 hours, i.e., till 10 am on Saturday and then break the fast. However, these long fasting periods are suggested for those who have been dieting and following the diet for a longer period of time. 

For beginners, the fasting period is usually small and later expanded based on how it works for their bodies. There are various techniques within intermittent fasting that one can try. 

What Does The Research Suggest?

A study was conducted on intermittent fasting and published in the journal, “Obesity”. The research was conducted on a group of pre and post-menopausal, obese women. The research was led by Krista Varady, a professor of nutrition at UIC and her team observed the ladies for eight weeks. The women were instructed to follow the “warrior diet”, a technique of intermittent fasting.

One of the most popular techniques, the warrior diet is a technique that involves eating raw fruits and vegetables during the day, and at night, one can have a large meal. It specifies a four-hour window each day during which dieters may eat…

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