Written by Madison Hemer, Mayo Clinic Dietetic Intern
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that has set time periods of eating and set periods for not eating (fasting). It is often described as “cycles” of fasting, and has been used as a method for weight loss. There are several different types of intermittent fasting.
Some research has shown that intermittent fasting can be been beneficial in short-term weight loss, and could lower blood pressure, however little research has been done on any long-term health benefits or risks.
Wanting to start intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is not for everyone. Eating a calorie-controlled, well-balanced diet with regular exercise can be just as beneficial to promote weight loss. Intermittent fasting is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant, under 18, or has certain medical conditions, such as diabetes.