Intermittent Fasting

Fasting is defined in general as partial or total abstaining from all types or certain types of foods. There are several types of fasting, including: fasting during the Holy month of Ramadan, which depends on abstaining from food and drink from dawn to sunset. Intermittent fasting, which is the most popular health and fitness trends around the world at the present time.

Intermittent fasting depends on following a diet pattern that shifts between periods of fasting and eating. However, it does not depend on the types of foods that should be eaten, but on the timing of eating. Common intermittent fasting methods include fasting for 16 hours a day for a certain period, which is identical to fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

Furthermore, a study indicated that obese people who followed a fasting diet for three weeks experienced a significant decrease in the levels of total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol, and blood triglycerides. In addition to improving the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels, and higher insulin sensitivity.

Moreover, reducing calorie consumption by following intermittent fasting can reduce the risk of heart disease in obese people. Animal studies have also shown that fasting may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. It may also and improve the conditions of people with these diseases. A study conducted on mice published in the Journal of Neurobiology of Disease showed that diets based on calorie restriction or Intermittent fasting can improve age-related cognitive deficits.