Time-restricted feeding (12+ hours per day) and alternate-day (500 calories every other day) fastinginterventions lasting six to eight weeks in human trials have been associated with lowered cholesterol and triglyceride levels in adults. In intermittent fasting trials incorporating several hundred subjects, Dr. Krista Varady has consistently observed 20-30% decreases in triglyceride levels over the course of three months of regular fasting. She has also observed modest declines in LDL cholesterol levels, primarily among people with elevated levels starting out, increases in total LDL particle size, and modest increases in HDL or “good” cholesterol levels. HDL levels can also increase with exercise and niacin supplementation.
Articles in this section
- Are there any other health benefits of Intermittent Fasting?
- Are there any supplements I can take to improve the efficacy of my fast?
- Can fasting negatively impact my bone density?
- Can I have a cheat day?
- Does Intermittent Fasting promote longevity?
- How long can I expect to wait before I experience benefits from Intermittent Fasting?
- How long does it take to get into ketosis?
- How long is it safe to fast for?
- Is Intermittent Fasting safe for me if I'm undergoing cancer treatment?
- Is Intermittent Fasting safe for me?