Intermittent fasting has become one of the most popular health and fitness trends in recent years. People do it for various reasons, including to lose weight and improve their health. With warmer weather approaching, you may be considering intermittent fasting to lose a few pounds. Consumer Reports shares how you can benefit from it while avoiding the downsides.
Intermittent fasting is an eating plan that focuses more on when to eat than what to eat. Typically, people eat only during an 8-hour period or only every other day. Studies suggest that intermittent fasting may have benefits, including improvements in blood sugar and cholesterol levels, blood pressure and weight.
When done in a healthful way, intermittent fasting can help control inflammation and may even lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. But intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone. It could be too extreme for older adults, people with diabetes, and those who take medications at certain times.
Excerpted from WMC Action News 5