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Not So Fast – Intermittent Fasting Gaining Legitimacy, but Not for Everyone

As we make our way into 2020, losing weight and eating healthier are sure to top the list of popular New Year’s Resolutions.  And while gym memberships and fad diets are sure to spike, one common dieting practice has recently seen a boost in credibility.

The renowned New England Journal of Medicine has published an article supporting some benefits of intermittent fasting, including improved stress tolerance, lower blood pressure, and better blood-lipid levels.  Intermittent fasting, as described in the article, means limiting eating to a six-to-eight-hour period each day, or limiting eating two days a week to one moderate meal.  Fasting diets vary considerably and you should consult a medical professional before finding one that may work for you.

In spite of the promising tone of the article, it makes clear that fasting is not for everyone.  People who are already at a healthy weight are not good candidates for a fasting diet.  Certain at-risk groups, such as people with diabetes or who are prone to blood-sugar issues, should not participate unless recommended and very closely supervised by a doctor.  And long-term commitment to fasting is not easy for anyone.

More research needs to be done in this area, but it appears a possible alternative for healthy living is emerging, at least for some qualified health-conscious people.

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