Is Intermittent Fasting Healthier for Women?

With the global obesity epidemic, a search for a simple but effective solution continues. Diets can be hard to follow, trying to figure portion size, macros, and calories. While exercise is great for physical fitness, it can sometimes be hard to complete if there are pre-existing health conditions that make movement difficult. One simple approach to weight loss is the age-old approach of fasting.

Fasting has been practiced since ancient times and has recently returned as an alternative method to achieve weight loss. There are different fasting methods such as intermittent fasting or alternate-day fasting, where no food is consumed for twelve or more hours. Also, time-restricted feeding, where food is only eaten during a specific eight to twelve-hour time frame, but there is no restriction on the type of food or the number of calories. However, scientists do not know which fasting type is best for specific people groups. For example, it is not known whether fasting for women will generate the same results as fasting for men. 

To gain a better understanding of the effects of a short daily fast during the active phase, Australian researchers from the University of Sydney recently studied intermittent fasting in male and female mice. Their results were published in The Journal of Physiology.

Excerpted from Medical News Bulletin

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