You may have been hearing a confusing phrase lately. Something about fasting? Something like… “flexible intermittent fasting?” Does that sound right? Well, it technically sounds dangerous. But it’s actually worth looking into. So let’s do just that.

First, let’s start at the beginning. Before there was flexible intermittent fasting, there was intermittent fasting. The main idea behind intermittent fasting is to only eat during a given window of time. Say, 10 AM and 4 PM for example. And even if you break a little bit you especially have to avoid any and all carbs outside of that window. Sounds hard, right? Well, it definitely can be. That’s why flexible intermittent fasting has started to take off as a more manageable alternative.

Let Kyle Kamp, the owner of Valley to Peak Nutrition explain it better than I could: “Flexible intermittent fasting is an approach to fasting that isn’t as tightly restricted as many of the other approaches to intermittent fasting for weight loss. The flexible approach, by comparison, allows its followers to create that window at any point during the day. It doesn’t have to be the same window day after day.”

Sounds a little easier, right? That’s because it is! And the added element of a little freedom and control is very appealing and can help you stick to the diet as it’s less restricting and stressful. Not to mention in the flexible approach you can still consume a few calories here and there during your fasting times. Now that I like!

As for the specific benefits, they’re impressive. It’s been said that flexible intermittent fasting teaches structure, control, and discipline. It also does wonders for your mind as it essentials trains you to delay the gratification of eating (therefore enjoying it even more when you do) and encourages mindful eating.

But be sure to do your due diligence and make sure flexible intermittent fasting is right for you. It’s been proven to be great for weight loss and even disease prevention. But that’s not to say it’s a good option for everyone. Some have even recommended that it’s best utilized when it’s not even used every day. You can do it for it a few days, then not bother with it for a few, then go back to fasting.

The big thing to be aware of before you give it a shot is your blood sugar levels. Like many other weight-loss options, flexible intermittent fasting is all about reducing calorie intake. But it can also cause your blood sugar to drop to dangerously low levels. So it’s an especially risky option for people with diabetes and should be explored carefully by everyone.