Warmer weather is on the horizon and with that comes a plethora of spring/summer dietary changes. Intermittent fasting is having a significant moment in the wellness world. Some researchers propose that fasting techniques can help ease the symptoms of various chronic health problems, while simultaneously aiding in weight loss. Who doesn’t want to look fabulous in their new spring/summer attire!
Although several diet strategies exist to help individuals lose weight, one regimen has gained popularity within the past decade. Intermittent Fasting, (IF), is a diet that generally involves alternate day fasting and time restricted feeding.
Significant findings suggest that IF is an effective strategy to help lose weight, however it does come with side effects. Fasting headaches are more common in people who have a prior history of headaches and may resemble their diagnosed headache syndrome. These headaches are more likely to develop as the duration of fasting increases and are less likely secondary to hyperglycemia or duration of sleep.
Fasting headaches are generally frontal, diffuse, and non-pulsatile. Mild to moderate intensity. They generally occur by a fast of greater than 16 hours and resolve within 72 hours after resumption of food.
For patients who are diagnosed with a headache syndrome, we recommend consulting with a licensed Nutritionist and your neurologist prior to trailing this new diet fad.
Cheers to Springing forward!
By: Jordan Shankle, PA