Intermittent fasting is a type of fasting where the eating pattern alternates between periods of eating and fasting.
There are various methods of intermittent fasting, including the 16/8 method (fasting for 16 hours and eating within an 8-hour window).
In the 5:2 diet, you eat only one meal a day two days a week.
Intermittent fasting helps to improve heart health markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation.
Intermittent fasting also helps with weight loss and improves insulin sensitivity, which lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Intermittent fasting improves brain function and longevity. It protects organs against chronic diseases like age-related neurodegenerative disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancers.
It's important to note that intermittent fasting may not be appropriate for people like children and teens under age 18 and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
People with type 1 diabetes who take insulin are also not recommended to go for this diet because the pattern may result in unsafe levels of hypoglycemia during the fasting period.
You should talk to your doctor if you feel weak, or dizzy, experience low blood sugar, or start experiencing unusual anxiety.