Do you want to lose weight or improve your diabetes using intermittent fasting? Are you unsure what kind of fasting to try?
My simplified suggestion would be to try “16:8″ fasting first, but there are many options and different variants may suit different people best. So let’s see what a real expert suggests.
Dr. Fung answers questions weekly on our membership site. The most interesting questions and answers so far are now available to everyone. Here’s a few selected questions and answers about what kind of fasting you may want to try.
Different Kinds of Fasting
Are there significant differences in benefits from 24-hour fasting vs. multi-day fasting vs. 16:8 fasting?
Dr. Jason Fung: The main difference, as you may suspect, is that shorter fasting periods are less effective and are usually done more frequently. So a 16:8 fast is often done daily, whereas a 24 hr fasting period is done 2-3 times per week. For more severe insulin resistance, I tend to prescribe longer fasting periods, whereas for maintenance I tend to prescribe shorter ones. Continue Reading →