Intermittent Fasting is a great way to lose weight. Many try it and consider it one of the easiest and the fuss-free ways to stay in shape without having to alter or eat fad foods.

Several studies have also proven that benefits of intermittent fasting can extend to better heart health, blood pressure readings, diabetes check and much more.

How effective is intermittent fasting?

The diet, which makes you eat in a given time period and voluntarily fast for the remaining hours is quite effective if done right. However, that doesn’t mean it’s foolproof. Like any diet, this too has its share of cons. There are certain times the diet may not work for certain people.

Here are 4 people who should not try intermittent fasting:

1. Those suffering from an eating disorder

Intermittent Fasting requires one to practice a disciplined and restrictive eating window, which can be difficult or borderline triggering for those suffering from any kind of eating disorder, including bulimia, binge eating disorder. Consult a healthcare professional to attend to your eating habits first, before starting any such diet.

2. Those who are pregnant

Pregnancy means you are eating for two now, even if that means in moderation. Carrying a baby is not easy as it is and being on a diet can deplete your energy levels, lower blood sugar levels and derive the baby of needed nutrition and calories at stipulated times. This is the time when you should be careful about your pre-natal nutrients and not otherwise.

3. If you have Type 1 diabetes

Although some studies say that certain diets, including intermittent fasting, can help control diabetes, for those with acute diabetes, or dependent on insulin, adopting the diet plan can be quite threatening. Prolong fasting window can affect blood sugar levels and even lower them to a dangerous level. Hence, those with diabetes should ideally take regular, nutritious meals and not fast for long hours. Same goes for those suffering from a low immunity of chronic health problem, such as cancer.

4. Those who are training

It’s broadly considered that when an athlete’s training for a program, competitive sport like a marathon, the body needs to go on a diet and lower calorie intake to be in a certain shape. However, intermittent fasting might not be the best option to go about it. In tough sports, endurance and strength training matches, the body depends on proper nutrient timing (including enough electrolyte, calorie, protein), which can go for a toss with this diet plan.


Any diet, including intermittent fasting, works best when you make your health a priority first. eight loss shouldn’t be your only goal. Any deficiencies, problems should be considered first. Engaging in brisk physical activity, along with a healthy diet is the key to maintaining a good lifestyle.