An MD On Why Now Is The Time To Try
“We know the research shows fasting actually supports the immune system,” Schehr says. It lowers inflammation and gives your body more time to focus on healing rather than digestion.
“There’s an old saying: ‘Starve a cold, feed a fever,'” she adds, “and while that’s not scientific, it’s this idea that when we’re fighting a cold or a virus, decreasing our intake of foods and increasing our fluids actually works to support the immune system.”
Conveniently, there are various ways to do IF, so you can pick the method that works best for you. “Something like IF in a 16:8 plan (eight-hour window for eating with 16 hours of fasting per day) would really help you make better choices about nighttime eating and morning eating,” Schehr says. “Additionally, the 5:2 plan (eating only 500 to 600 calories two days of the week) could also support keeping your diet in check while you’re at home, make you feel a little better, more energetic.”