If you’ve been toying with the idea of intermittent fasting, there are plenty of good reasons to give it a try. The diet, which involves alternating long periods of fasting with regular eating, has a proven track record for weight loss. But that’s not all. More and more, research is showing that intermittent fasting can have positive effects throughout the body.
How exactly does it work? There are a few different types of fasting diets out there. Time-restricted eating involves fasting for a period of 12 to 16 hours each day, like stopping eating completely at 6 PM and not eating again until 10 AM the next morning. (Here’s what happened when one woman tried this intermittent fasting method for a week.) The other, 5:2 fasting, involves eating 500 calories for two non-consecutive days of the week and eating normally for the rest of the week.
Excerpted from Prevention