Morning folks! A review about the trending #intermittentfasting and my point of view. IF involves a fast period of about 16 hours and eating in an 8-hour window. (For example, eating your meals between 11am and 7pm). Some cases even involve 24 hr fasts twice per week. The objective behind this is to lose weight by reducing calorie intake (as long as you don't overeat during the eating periods). Some benefits:
🔶IF can help you lose weight and belly fat, because you usually eat less amount of calories in a reduced time period.
🔶It may help to reduce "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides, which could reduce risk of heart disease. 🔶IF can have beneficial changes in the function of genes related to living longer and protecting against disease. 👉However, there is still some more evidence needed and studies in humans.
🔶Human growth hormone increases, which helps with fat loss. 🔶Insulin resistance may drop, which should protect against type 2 diabetes. 🔶Some people may find it more useful than doing small meals throughout the day.
💥IF has some side effects, like more hunger, you may feel more week than usual, and may suffer from headaches.
💥This is not recommended for people who have diabetes, have low blood pressure, take medications, are underweight, or have a history of eating disorders. Same if you are a pregnant woman, breastfeeding or trying to conceive! ☝
THE BOTTOM LINE: First, look for proper assessment! I am an advocate of a healthy relationship with food, that is, no heavy restrictions, but moderation. The idea is to aim for a long term result, habits that you can sustain in the long run. In the end, you will still get good results by eating healthy and balanced. ☺✌
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