Silicon Valley’s Trendy Diet May Actually Have Other Benefits Besides Weight Loss

June 3, 2018 1:54 am Last Updated: June 3, 2018 1:54 am

Intermittent fasting, one of the world’s most popular health trends, has also become Silicon Valley’s favorite diet.

Dieters go on periodic fasting for several days or skip a meal or two for 16 hours. This pattern of fasting has been shown to be effective for losing weight. Researchers have also suggested that intermittent fasting has a number of other benefits such as reducing the risks of obtaining certain diseases and cancers.

A Bay Area club called WeFast says that on the days that they are fasting they get more done in the office, experience an enhanced sense of mental agility, and are better able to focus on their work. Other tech executives like Dan Zigmond from Facebook only eats in a certain time slot, while others may fast for up to 36 hours.

A study by Dr. Krista Varady, a professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois, found that obese people lost a significant amount of weight using intermittent fasting, which was similar to those on a traditional diet involving strict calorie counting.

Yet, as good as it sounds, intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone. People with type 1 diabetes and pregnant women should abstain from the diet.