Has anybody tried Intermittent Fasting for anxiety and depression?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Freedom from Servitude, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. Freedom from Servitude

    Freedom from Servitude Active Member

    I would be interesting in hearing from anyone who has tried Intermittent Fasting to help their anxiety and depression. The verdict online is that IF is very effective in bringing about weight loss, but the claims that it also improves mood seem to be more controversial. Some have said that it increases stress, while others have noted that it brings about a significant improvement. The scientific evidence seems equally inconclusive. Thanks for your help in advance!
  2. hogus

    hogus Well-Known Member

    I tried it but it did nothing for mood. I haven't heard that it was meant to be beneficial for mood, only for the body. But if it helps you get the body you want that will improve your mood.

    Fixing your diet more generally is a reliable and proven way to improve your mood. But to be honest my best times have been when my social situation is good, not when I've tried to hack my depression.
  3. Freedom from Servitude

    Freedom from Servitude Active Member

    Thanks for your input, hogus. Some people seem to think that it makes a difference and some people like yourself have found that it doesn't. I think its something that I will pass. Observing my own experience, I tend to feel more anxious in the periods where my blood sugar levels drop. That's partially why I eat healthy snacks in between meals. Another thing is that I haven't got a lot of fat to lose. I am on the low-average scale with my weight, so it probably wouldn't be a good idea for my health to try intermittent fasting.
  4. David Ford

    David Ford New Member

    If you do not weigh more, it is not required to get into intermittent fasting. And you are relating anxiety n depression with this fasting, then no need of this. There are other ways to deal with anxiety and depression. Do meditation and some mind relaxing techniques to lower depression and also need to eat a balanced diet These are healthy ways you can try other than this. Hope you will get the idea.
  5. BackOnTrack

    BackOnTrack Active Member

    Also cannot say that intermittent fasting is doing anything for my mood.
    However eating healthy is beneficial .
    For example I can go to sushi all you can eat and feel good afterwards even if it was a lot.
    But eat a lot at McDonalds and feel awful afterwards.

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