What’s all this hype about Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting (also known as IF) is extremely popular among the internet, especially on social media. Involving bloggers, fitness gurus and YouTubers. It’s very well known for weight loss and repopulating good gut bacteria.
What is fasting? Fasting gives your overworked gut a break and it’s a ‘reboot’ for your digestive system. Yet, before you decide if intermittent fasting is for you, it’s recommended to read this article first.
First of all, if you have problems with low blood sugar levels or diabetes, consult your doctor before attempt Intermittent Fasting. Your health is more important than your weight itself.
If you cut calories on an ongoing basis,your metabolism will go into slow mode. What does that mean? To preserve your fat reserves, your body will lower its fat burning speed in similarity to a sloth (sloths have the slowest metabolism of any animal on Earth). In a scenario, last year you may have eaten 1700 calories to keep your average weight. However, this year, eating the same amount of calories have started to gain you body fat. This is what happens when your metabolism slows, if you do intermittent fasting the wrong way, you could end up with a similar situation. You’ll activate the starvation response and turn down your metabolic rate. When you start eating normally, you simply put your weight back on. In addition, some people’s blood sugar levels may drop so low that they risk of faint. So, what’s all this hype about Intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting could be done in a more sane way.
Here are the main three methods that are recommended from a variety of other sites. It’s up to you which method is more preferable for your body and health.
The 16/8 method:
Also known as the “lean gains” method. You’re given an eight-hour window to eat your meals for the next 16 hours. Meaning, you cannot eat/drink anything within that time range in exception of water, black coffee, natural juices and green veggie smoothies to keep your body up and running.
Timings can be easily set according to your routine. For example, you would start eating at 11:00 a.m. and then stop at 7:00 p.m., fast until the next day at 11:00 a.m. Thus is the most common method because it fits in easily with most people’s current routines. You can ensure that you get your nutrient requirements covered. Use a well-balanced dietary plan, and never skip meals. Just eat three healthy meals within a shorter time frame.
Eat- Stop- Eat:
The eat-stop-eat method is one of the most difficult methods. In this method, you’d fast for 24 consecutive hours once or twice a week. You’re allowed low-calorie drinks to help get you through the day.
Individuals may use this method if their routine or work hours do not give them the right amount of time for the 16/8 method. They may intermittently fast on the weekends or a day off throughout the week. Although, this method is not as recommended because it can cause havoc with blood sugar and nutrient levels which can lead to fatigue. Additionally, this can cause too much income of calories within the next day due to no income of food meaning you will not end up losing weight at all.
The 5:2 diet:
In the 5:2 method, you consume only 500 to 600 calories for two consecutive days. It is also known as “The Fast Diet.” Often bloggers say that there are no requirements about what you can or cannot eat. You can eat a 600-calorie burger and be done with it, or you can eat more low-calorie foods throughout the day; how you stay within your 600-calorie limit is up to you. However, this is another method that isn’t as recommended as the previous one. As again it can lead to fatigue and possibly starvation. Especially when it’s recommended to have a daily intake of 2000 – 2500 calories for an average weight.
Now that we went through 3 of the most known methods, what’s all this hype about Intermittent Fasting?
People commit to intermittent fasting because they want to experience rapid, visible results and possibly gain other benefit health results such as:
• Quicker, easier, and more convenient weight loss.
• Reduced risk of illnesses and diseases like type 2 diabetes, obesity, stress and inflammation in the body.
• Better brain support.
• Increased metabolism.
• Improved body health similar to results from a cleanse or detox.
Although, intermittent fasting is not for everyone. So here is the site’s recommendation. Once or twice a week, attempt to go without breakfast and rely on herbal teas till lunch time. Personally, I have noticed a huge difference to my health with cathartic improvements. This is great for the digestion, so give it a try! If you’re also interested in going for a healthier diet, check out our recipes as well.
If you do plan to change your diet and eating habits, always be sure to consult a physician or nutritionist. They will know the right path for your health.
Yours in health and wellness,