Friday September 21, 2018
One of the top sellers in the health market has become “intermittent fasting”. What is “Intermittent Fasting” and what does it do? Who is it for? Who can do it? Who can’t do it? Why to do it? Is it effective?
From the name, intermittent fasting means going into cycles of fasting and breaking your fast (not so hard, eh?). However, there are many different ways of applying this up and running trend, although it seems rather straightforward.
The most commonly used methods of IF are the following:
The 16/8 method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as 1–9 p.m. Then you fast for 16 hours in between.
Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example by not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day.
The 5:2 diet: With this methods, you consume only 500–600 calories on two non-consecutive days of the week, but eat normally the other 5 days.
The common thing with all the previous methods is: not eating for prolonged periods of time, aka fasting.It doesn’t necessarily ask you to eat “healthy” or “low calorie-foods”. It simply asks you not to eat for a long while.
During IF, our bodies adjust hormone levels to make stored body fat more accessible, initiate important repair processes and change the expression of genes. Human growth hormone levels go up and insulin levels go down.
These changes in hormone levels, cell function and gene expression are responsible for the health benefits of intermittent fasting.
What it should do is induce weight loss as you reduce your calorie intake. As long as you don't compensate by eating much more during the eating periods, intermittent fasting should do the trick! As it does help with weight loss and boosts metabolism, it has been seen to also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer (although it is still being studied).
Who shouldn’t do it? If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s a complete NO! NO! If you’re diabetic, type 1 or type 2. Don’t consider it. If you have heart problems, or iron-deficient, don’t. if you have a tendency to develop or have a history of eating disorders, steer clear of intermittent fasting. It’s not for everybody.
Some studies have shown that IF has been more effective on men, than on women.
The only side-effect of IF for otherwise healthy people (not mentioned above) is hunger.
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