I know there is info about the potential benefits of various kinds of fasting, but I'm wondering if anyone knows about periodic fasting, like once a month? I feel like the science on fasting in general is SO contradictory, when I look for specific articles, it seems that there are some conclusions in mice, some with studies on obese subjects, and a lot of studies were on men, not women. I'm debating doing periodic fasts but not sure as a woman whether this is helpful or harmful overall. I was overwhelmed sifting through the research.
Also, if you do a 24 hour fast, does the timing matter? Specifically wondering about circadian rhythms and stuff like that, so would the fast need to be overnight and through the next night, or could it be 8pm to 8pm so you are eating before bed both days?
EDITED: I'm NOT interested in fasting for weight loss, I meant the research in terms of longevity benefits specifically.