Can Intermittent Fasting Make People Healthier?

There’s more evidence that occasional fasting — actually, just eating very lightly — can help people lose weight. People who ate a special low-calorie diet five days a month not only lost weight, but lowered their cholesterol, blood pressure and body fat measurements, researchers reported Wednesday. On average, dieters lost around five pounds after three months on the diet.

They also experienced less evidence of inflammation, which is linked with cancer, heart disease and obesity. They appeared to have better control of blood sugar, which is a risk factor for diabetes.

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