Harvard Heart Letter

Not so fast: Pros and cons of the newest diet trend

Intermittent fasting promises better health and longer life, but does it work? The obesity epidemic has spawned a cottage industry of weight-loss schemes. Currently in vogue is intermittent fasting, which involves alternating intervals of extreme calorie reduction with periods of normal eating. Proponents of this regimen claim that it helps shed pounds faster than traditional diets, as well as reduce inflammation and other heart disease risks. What is intermittent fasting?…

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