Does Intermittent Fasting Increase Height?

Intermittent fasting has gained popularity as a strategy for weight loss, health improvement, and performance improvement in recent years. According to some research, this dietary strategy can increase healthy longevity without requiring extreme caloric restriction like traditional anti-aging diets. In addition, intermittent fasting can help you manage your weight and prevent you from many diseases. However, does intermittent fasting make a significant change in your height? To know the answer, read this article!

What is intermittent fasting?

Simply put, intermittent fasting means that you don’t eat for a certain amount of time every day or week. For example, you can eat normally one day, then the next day you just have one tiny meal, which can be less than 500 calories. Today, as people tend to stay up later to watch their favorite shows, play games, and chat online, more calories are consumed, and less exercise is done. This can increase the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses.

In contrast to many diets that focus on what you eat, intermittent fasting solely takes into account when you eat. When you follow an intermittent fasting schedule, you only eat during the designated hours. If you fast for a predetermined amount of time each day or eat only one meal on particular days of the week, your body will be able to burn fat quickly.


How does intermittent fasting work?

There are many different ways to practice intermittent fasting, but they all begin with choosing a regular eating and fasting window of time. For example, you may try only eating for eight hours a day and going without food for the other sixteen hours. After several hours without food, the body runs out of sugar and starts to burn fat. Or perhaps, you can decide to limit your meals to 1-2 days per week.

In short, intermittent fasting works by lengthening the amount of time it takes for your body to burn the calories from your most recent meal.

Intermittent fasting benefits

According to science, intermittent fasting offers the following benefits:

  • Increase thinking ability and memory: According to studies, intermittent fasting improves verbal memory and working memory in adults. [1]
  • Improve heart health. Intermittent fasting improved all heart-related metrics, including blood pressure, resting heart rates, and others. [2]
  • Enhance physical performance. Intermittent fasting has also been shown to help reduce fat while maintaining muscle mass, which makes a person feel more energized and active. [3]
  • Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Adults with types 2 diabetes and obesity can lose pounds quickly by intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting has been demonstrated to decrease insulin resistance, fasting glucose, fasting insulin, and fasting leptin levels, while increasing adiponectin levels and lowering body weight. Some people practicing intermittent fasting under their doctors’ guidance were able to quit using insulin prescriptions, according to some research. [4]
  • Tissue health. Fasting before surgery also lowers tissue bruising, and inflammation and enhances the success of operations. [5]


Can you get taller due to intermittent fasting?

If you are still in your growing years, then the answer is yes. If you’ve reached puberty, then unfortunately, your height won’t be impacted much. You can see a doctor to check whether you have reached your maximal height growth potential yet. Some people stop growing at 18, but some continue to grow in their early 20s.

According to studies, intermittent fasting drastically increases HGH levels. This can be because the hormone HGH is involved in the breakdown of fat, and fat is a substance that the body uses for energy when it isn’t being used during intermittent fasting.

An article published in 2020 suggests that having too much body fat—both visceral and subcutaneous—was associated with decreased levels of HGH. Therefore, lowering body fat encourages the pituitary gland to release more HGH naturally. Increased growth rates result from this. An online study revealed that the body’s level of HGH surged by more than 300 percent following three days of fasting. The number of hormones rose to 1,250% after a week of fasting, which can increase your chance of getting taller if you are still in your growing years.

To sum up, at the present, there isn’t a conclusive answer to the question of whether intermittent fasting can enhance height. However, intermittent fasting will mainly aid in weight loss and fat loss.

Side effects of intermittent fasting


Constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and bloating

All of these typical digestive problems can appear after you switch to intermittent fasting. The two main causes of these intermittent fasting adverse effects are as follows: (1) electrolyte imbalances and dehydration and (2) the effects of intermittent fasting on diet.

Your body flushes both water and electrolytes when intermittent fasting. Flushing is more noticeable during longer, more intense fasts such OMADs and 20-hour fasts.

A carnivorous diet, keto, and intermittent fasting are frequently combined. Your digestive enzymes may need time to adjust to these significant dietary changes.

Mood swings and irritability

When the body’s steady supply of sugar is cut off, withdrawal symptoms like irritability, anxiety, and problems concentrating may appear. One research of 52 women revealed that during their 18-hour fasting windows, they were noticeably more irritable. It’s interesting to note that their anger increased after their fasting periods as did their sense of accomplishment, self-control, and self-pride.


Another potential negative impact that frequently develops when switching from a typical high-carb diet to intermittent fasting is fatigue.

According to studies, weariness can also happen when a person doesn’t consume enough calories or when they follow a high-carb diet without eating enough high-quality fat-containing meals.

In conclusion,

Intermittent fasting has a wide range of advantages, including improved concentration and weight loss (and who couldn’t use a brain boost?). But before you ask whether you can mix intermittent fasting with other diets like the ketogenic diet or which type of fasting schedule is best for you, let’s get one thing clear: Even when done properly, intermittent fasting still has the potential to have negative side effects and it isn’t necessarily for everyone. To get the best results, you should consult a health expert for more height-increasing or weight-loss methods.

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