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Intermittent fasting can mean different things

Intermittent fasting can mean different things

When people speak of intermittent fasthing, they can mean many different things.

Intermittent fasting refers to loosely defined regimes.

  • Time-restricted eating: It includes the 16:8 diet - eat during 8 hours, and fast the other 16.
  • Alternate-day fasting: Eating every other day.
  • Extended fasts: Fasting for a day every week or month.
  • Fasting mimicking diets: Diets that recreate the conditions of a fast.

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Animal studies on intermittent fasting

Animal studies on intermittent fasting

  • An early study on intermittent fasting showed that rats put on alternate-day fasting increased their lifespan by around 80 percent.
  • Feeding mice every alternate day led to better glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. It reduced the incidence of lymphoma.
  • Mice on a low ca...

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What human studies show on intermittent fasting

Studies in humans have shown promising health benefits with some intermittent fasting regimes.

  • People can't stick to eating every other day. If you do alternate-day fasting or skip breakfast every day, it's associated with negatives and very hard to do. Instead, people...

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Intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting

Fasting means abstinence of some or all food for a period of time.

Intermittent fasting ranges from eating a few calories all day every other day or several times a week to fasting for 16 hours or more every day.

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