Studies About Intermittent Fasting

I’ve been writing about the benefits of Intermittent Fasting on this blog for quite some time now. I even did a post called ” Intermittent Fasting Resources” where I showed everyone all the research I did on the subject and how I came to the conclusion that fasting is a great way to improve your health and lose weight.

However, I have been getting so many e-mails and questions about fasting that I wanted to take it a little further and back up everything that I have been saying with a list of studies. I expanded my research and found a number of studies about fasting from Pubmed which is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 19 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals and a number of other journals.

After reviewing all the studies, I’m even more convinced that intermittent fasting is one of the best ways to control your weight and improve your health. If you want to learn how fasting to lose weight works, I recommend you try the Eat Stop Eating program. It will teach you the right way to incorporate fasting into your life without being hungry.

10 Studies on Intermittent Fasting

If you’re on the fence about trying Intermittent fasting I hope these studies help you make your mind up. I know fasting is not for everyone but it has helped me and number of my personal training clients control our weight and improve our health. The exact program I recommend you try is called Eat Stop Eating. I think it’s the best weight loss program on the market.

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Best – Mike Cola


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17 Responses to “Studies About Intermittent Fasting”

  1. Mike,

    I’ve been doing Eat Stop Eat for a while. Intermittent fasting is really a great tool for fat loss. Glad to see there is more and more research backing it up.


  2. Intermittent fasting is a great method not only for weight loss, but also for weight maintenance. The cool thing is you can apply it for the long term and is not just a fad type diet.


  3. Mike,

    I love it that you list all of the studies here. I’ve been using IF for a few years now. I’ve found it works best done 1-2 times per week like “Eat Stop Eat” recommends and not every day, like the “Warrior Diet” suggests.

    A great way to stay lean without having to eat like a saint every day!


  4. @ Alykhan,

    Yes…IF has really worked for me too and there is a lot of research backing it up.

    @ Sam,

    I agree… I think IF is good for long term weight control. It’s not a fad diet.

    @ Rusty,

    I like reading all the studies. It make me feel good about recommending a program like ”Eat Stop Eating”. I also prefer it over the “Warrior Diet”.

    Thanks for all the comments….

    Best – Mike

  5. Hey Mike,

    I was just wondering, is the reason you prefer ESE to The Warrior Diet just practical or would you say there is a difference in results?


  6. Hey Michael,

    I think people can lose weight on both the ESA and Warrior Diet, it just depends on what type of intermittent fasting works into your lifestyle.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Best – Mike

  7. Great list of studies on fasting. I generally prefer Eat Stop Eat since it’s relatively simple and painless. However, every once in a while I’ll incorporate some daily 16-20 hours fasts when I’m trying to lean out.

  8. Thanks for this post!

    I’ve never tried Eat Stop Eat but I will definitely check it out. I just want to let you know that fasting as a form of diet is effective for me. Most people may think it’s dangerous but if fasting is done correctly (not totally ditching out eating something), then promising results happen.

    You have something good running here! Keep it coming 🙂

  9. What a great resource you have here, I am constantly reading research on intermittent fasting and with every piece of research, my opinions become fortified.

    Keep doing what you’re doing, love the look of the website!

  10. Thank you for this info. I’ve been trying to find out more about intermitted fasting but never quite got all the info together. I am going to check out all of the links you recommended. Thank you again.

  11. I have been looking for some studies on intermittent fasting. I am in the maintenance portion of my successful weight loss, however sometimes the scale moves by 5 lbs or so, so I will be looking into this, thanks!

  12. One of my co workers just finished the master cleanse – which seems unbearable to me. I can fast for a day or two, and I know several of my cross fit crew like to do short fasts as well. Many cultures around the world have been advocating short fasts for centuries. Animals do it in the wild. I know I feel better for it.

  13. I find fasting on Mon, Wed, and Friday works well for me.

    Have you read 4 Hour Body? If so, do you agree that the body needs en extreme calorie load once per week?

  14. For years I have been doing a semi fast on Sunday’s. I was very happy to see this post to give me real tips on how this system works.

  15. I’ve never tried fasting before and it’s not something i generally reccommend to people, but if it works for some people then i say go for it.

  16. Intermittent fasting works great, if you can stick through the first 2 or 3 weeks. Not eating for 24 hours is hard if you’re not used to it. But if you manage to become used to that, it’s then probably the easiest diet to do.

  17. I’ve been fasting one day per week for several months now. I do it as much for the health benefits as for weight management. But it’s such a simple way to reduce your weekly calorie intake. I never really had a problem with it, and in fact I look forward to my fasting day now.