The pros and cons of trying intermittent fasting The pros and cons of trying intermittent fasting

The pros and cons of trying intermittent fasting

Have you ever heard about this weight-loss trend? Many celebrities follow an intermittent fasting diet. But what is it? Is it good for you? Here’s what you need to know about this interesting diet

What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating // Photo by Antena3

Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. Therefore, there are two patter

  1. The first is eating just 500 calories two days per week, and eating normally the other five days.
  2. The second option is to do 14, 16, or 18 hours of fasting, leaving you from a six to ten-hour window to eat in. This method is known as the 16/8 method or the Leangains protocol

The interesting and different thing about this diet is that it does not specify which foods you should eat but rather when you should eat them.

Can anybody try this diet?

Intermittent fasting diet // Photo by vix

According to the registered dietitian Barbie Boules of Barbie Boules Longevity Nutrition, Intermittent fasting is not for everyone. The following people should not consider intermittent fasting:

Pros

It promotes improved body composition

Fasting means not consuming calories so you are going to lose weight. Fasting allows you to use up all of your stored sugars as fuel, and to then tap into fat stores. When we begin to burn fat stores, we begin to lose body fat. This causes a positive change to our metabolism

Intermittent fasting diet promotes improved body composition // Photo by HOLA!

It can help with disease prevention and lower disease risk

A study found that people who follow an intermittent fasting diet, had a 9% reduction in blood pressure if we compare with a 2% increase found in those who followed a more traditional diet. Another study found that this diet also increases sleep time, which in turn lowers blood sugar and decreases inflammation 

Cons

It can be difficult

If you are intermittent faster, and when you are doing alternate day fasting all you can think about is food, that will interfere with focus, and performance. These can lead to compulsive eating. Be mentally prepared, it takes time.

It may interfere with social relationships

There may be social implications for intermittent fasting. Are your friends gathering for dinner at 7 and you are cut off from food at 6? Do not let this diet affect your social life

Peter O Brien

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