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What is intermittent fasting?


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Published At April 2, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 38-year-old female. Can you provide an overview of what intermittent fasting is and how it differs from traditional eating patterns? What are the potential health benefits associated with intermittent fasting? Are there specific methods of intermittent fasting that are more effective or suitable for certain individuals? What is the difference between time-restricted feeding and alternate-day fasting? Who is considered a suitable candidate for intermittent fasting, and are there any contraindications or groups of people who should avoid it? Are there potential health risks or side effects associated with intermittent fasting? How should I plan my meals during the fasting and eating windows to ensure I receive adequate nutrition? Can you provide guidance on what foods to consume and avoid during intermittent fasting?

Kindly provide this information.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understood your concern.

Yes, intermittent fasting, when approached correctly, can be helpful, but it yields different results and impacts depending on the specific medical issues one may have. Intermittent fasting is a major eating pattern involving regular, short-term fasts or periods of minimal or no food consumption. While many associate it with weight loss, intermittent fasting can also impact risk factors for health conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Various intermittent fasting methods exist, including the followings:

  1. 16:8 method.
  2. Warrior diet.
  3. Eat-stop-eat.
  4. Alternate-day fasting (ADF).
  5. The 5:2 ratio.

Each method can be effective, but determining the most suitable one depends on individual preferences. The 16/8 intermittent fasting plan is particularly popular for weight loss. In the 16/8 method, food consumption and calorie-containing beverages are limited to an eight hour window per day, with a 16-hour fasting period. Unlike more rigid diets, this method, based on time-restricted feeding (TRF), is flexible, allowing individuals to choose any eight hour window for calorie intake.

Research suggests that time-restricted feeding patterns, such as the 16/8 method, may prevent hypertension, reduce food intake, and contribute to weight loss. A study showed that, when combined with resistance training, the 16/8 method helped decrease fat mass and maintain muscle mass in male participants. A more recent study found that it did not impair gains in muscle or strength in women performing resistance training. While the 16/8 method can accommodate various lifestyles, some may find it challenging to abstain from eating for 16 consecutive hours. It is crucial to avoid excessive snacking or consuming unhealthy foods during the eight hour window to maximize the positive effects. A balanced diet comprising fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and protein is recommended for optimal health benefits. I hope this has helped you. Kindly follow up if you have more doubts.

Thank you.

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