Benefits and Risks of Intermittent Fasting

FAQ About Benefits and Risks of Intermittent Fasting

Can intermittent fasting negatively affect mental health?

Intermittent fasting may negatively affect mental health in some individuals, particularly those with a history of eating disorders or a predisposition to anxiety or depression. The restrictions imposed by fasting, especially if taken to extremes, may trigger feelings of anxiety, depression, or obsessive thoughts around food and body image.

Additionally, fasting can cause changes in hormone levels that can affect mood, especially in women. Low blood sugar levels, which can occur during fasting, can also cause mood swings and irritability.

It's important to approach intermittent fasting in a healthy and balanced way and to listen to your body's signals. If you experience negative effects on your mood or mental health during fasting, it's important to stop and speak with a healthcare professional. In general, it's important to prioritize self-care and a balanced diet, including regular meals and adequate nutrients, to support both physical and mental health.