So, should you try IF?
Intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone—period, says Ansari. “Intermittent fasting may put certain individuals at a health risk, including people with diabetes and those with a history of eating disorders/disordered eating.”
However, as with any eating plan, it’s a personal choice. If you do decide to go forth with intermittent fasting, Ansari recommends connecting with a registered dietitian nutritionist to ensure that you’re still “meeting your optimal nutrition needs” even on fasting days and that you continue to include a variety of food in your diet.
Also super important? Paying attention to your body including that growling stomach, says Albers-Bowling, and, of course, your mind.