Should Women Do Shorter Fasts Than Men?

As intermittent fasting has skyrocketed in popularity, more people are trying to maximize potential benefits like weight loss and energy, while avoiding side effects like hunger and muscle loss

But women may need to fast differently to get the most of the practice, according to some fasting enthusiasts. They theorize that longer periods of not eating could be more disruptive to women’s hormones, and that women are better suited to shorter, less frequent fasts as a result. 

Among them is Dave Asprey, CEO of Bulletproof and author of a new book about intermittent fasting called “Fast This Way.” In his book, Asprey recommends that women start with “less aggressive” fasting schedules of 12 or 14 hours instead of 16, or fast every other day instead of seven days a week. 

Excerpted from Insider

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