Fasting diet benefits: Improves mood, sex and sleep

Fasting is common in India, but many do it only for religious reasons. However, science says that there are several benefits of adopting a fasting diet.

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that people who ate a lot less for two years found they had brighter days and more satisfying nights.

Researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in Louisiana conducted a study on 218 healthy weight people to find out long-term effects of fasting. The result: Subjects who fasted lost 10% of their body weight or about 16.5 pounds. And the gains were – brighter moods, improved quality of life, better sleep after a year on the diet and better sexual function after two years of fasting.

Corby Martin, the study’s first author, said: “What people report is that after they start to lose weight, their hunger levels subside a bit and they start to feel the benefits of the weight loss.They find it easier to move around, their joints hurt less, they feel better.” The Time article also quoted Martin cautioning people about the downside of long-term fasting. “Even though they achieve those benefits, it is just hard to adhere to these diets over the long term,” said Martin.

However, cutting calories for a full two years is not easy.

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