There are many studies done on Intermittent Fasting and the health benefits that can come from it if done correctly.
Intermittent Fasting (IF) is currently a major health and fitness trend. People are using it as a way to help lose weight and improve overall health. We’re going to explain what it is, go over the benefits and risks, and walk you through how to safely incorporate it into your life, if it’s something you want to try.
What is Intermittent Fasting (IF)?
Intermittent Fasting more accurately describes an “eating pattern” than a “diet.” With IF, you cycle between periods of fasting and eating. It doesn’t dictate what to eat; it dictates when to eat.
Is it safe to do?
You’ve probably heard that to keep your metabolism chugging along, you should eat every 3-4 hours. But going through periods of fasting is actually more “natural” than eating every few hours. That’s because our ancestors (the hunter-gatherer ones) didn’t have the convenience of 24/7 access to food. They didn’t have restaurants, grocery stores, or refrigerators. They sometimes had to go extended periods of time without food due to availability. Fasting is also a part of religions. In other words, humans are physically able to function without food for extended periods of time.
What are the most popular methods?
By limiting the hours you eat, the idea is that you’ll consume fewer calories and lose weight. Intermittent Fasting only works as a weight loss method if you don’t compensate by eating too many calories during the eating periods. It’s also critical that you eat healthy foods when you do eat. Binging on junk food after hours of fasting won’t do your health any good.
What are the benefits?
While weight loss is the most highly touted one, research shows IF offers many other health benefits.
Are there any risks to IF?
For some people, Intermittent Fasting may not be beneficial, and could even be harmful. Consult your doctor prior to fasting if you:
What can I drink during fasts?
Water, coffee, tea, and other non-caloric beverages are fine. Coffee can help suppress appetite so is popular during fasts. Avoid adding sugar to your coffee. A little bit of milk, cream, or heavy cream is okay.
Can I take supplements during fasts?
It’s not only okay to take supplements, it could help you feel better. Exogenous ketones are an example of a supplement that can help during Intermittent Fasting. Here’s how they can help:
Any last words of advice?
Keep in mind that Intermittent Fasting is just one of many methods that can help you lose weight and lead a healthier life. But always remember that eating real (unprocessed) foods, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep are the most important factors for health and wellness.
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