Scientists have discovered that short periods of fasting could make us healthier. But would you try it?
Scientists are finding more evidence to suggest that short periods of fasting, if done in a controlled way, could make us more healthy.
This was the topic of a BBC Two documentary programme last night. Eat, Fast and Live Longer saw Horizon presenter Michael Mosley embark on a fasting journey.
During the episode he tried fasting for three days. And, although he was quite grumpy for the duration, it was discovered that he has lowered his risk of diabetes.
This three-day fast needs to be repeated every two to three months for the positive effects to kick in.
However, there is an easier way – alternate day fasting. It’s not a complete starvation diet, on one day you get to eat 400-500 calories and on the next day you can eat whatever you want.
Researchers from the University of Illinois in Chicago carried out a trial which involved two groups of overweight patients who fasted on alternate days.
They found if people stuck to fast days then it didn’t matter if you ate foods high in fat on the non-fasting days.
However if you want to fast it’s best to consult a doctor first, as it can be dangerous for pregnant women or people with long-term chronic conditions.
Would you try alternate day fasting? Have you already tried it? Did it make you healthier? Let us know in the comments below.