American researchers have reviewed several human and animal studies to determine the effect of fasting on weight loss, life expectancy and other health indicators.
An article published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that intermittent fasting can reduce blood pressure, aid weight loss and improve longevity, based on a meta-analysis of studies conducted in humans and mice over the past few decades.
According to study co-author Mark Mattson, a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the United States, intermittent fasting diets generally fall into two categories. The first is a time-restricted diet, which narrow eating times to six to eight hours per day, followed by 16- to 18-hour fasts. The second method consists of fasting on two consecutive days and eating normally for the rest of the week.
Excerpted from Inquirer