‘Fasting has been practiced for millennia, but only recently studies have shed light on its role in adaptive cellular responses that reduce oxidative damage and inflammation, optimize energy metabolism and bolster cellular protection…fasting has the potential to delay aging and help prevent and treat diseases while minimizing the side effects caused by chronic dietary interventions.’
Who are good candidates for intermittent fasting?
In my opinion the people best suited to intermittent fasting are those who have first got the basics of good nutrition, movement, and a supportive lifestyle. For some that may take several months. If weight loss is the goal before jumping into intermittent fasting I recommending start by cutting sugar and starchy carbohydrates, alongside eating more fibrous carbs (vegetables), good fats, and clean protein sources. I am always weary of someone trying to run before learning to walk in dietary terms because I have personally seen countless people focus on more advanced interventions like intermittent fasting before consistently getting the basics right. Dabbling in dietary changes like intermittent fasting for some is just another style of yo-yo diet which can lead to further issues including hormonal imbalances (like from the thyroid).