What Do I Need to Know Before Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting (IF) has tons of benefits, including weight loss, preventing diabetes, and reducing your risk of cancer. Many people who follow IF say that it’s helped them savor their meals more and understand the difference between hunger and cravings. It has also helped them break through weight loss plateaus.  

“IF makes you feel good because you’re getting rid of the inflammation,” says, Wendy Scinta, M.D., president of the Obesity Medicine Association and a member of Prevention‘s Medical Review Board. “I follow the 16:8 diet and find that when I prescribe IF to patients who want to lose 100 pounds and can’t seem to lose the last 15 pounds, IF helps them get there.” 

But IF isn’t for everyone (Dr. Scinta doesn’t recommend it for people who have a history of disordered eating or pregnant women), and it’s important to understand the side effects that come with it.

Excerpted from Prevention

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