https://whatsupusana.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/1512-intermitten-fasting.jpg 408 725 Taylor Pulver http://whatsupusana.staging.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/USANA_logo.png Taylor Pulver2018-07-20 08:15:442018-09-20 14:05:33Intermittent Fasting: The Science of Going Without
If you’ve recently had a conversation about dieting and weight management, then you’ve probably heard talk of intermittent fasting. But what is intermittent fasting? And is it healthy? Currently, this is quite an under-researched topic, with limited research in humans. In other words, the answer is a little complicated, but let’s break it down together.
The Science of Going WithoutIntermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It’s a way to manage your weight and promote overall health, not by limiting what you eat, but by limiting when you eat. There are several different intermittent fasting methods, such as:
- Daily intermittent fasting: 16-hour fast followed by an eight-hour eating period each day.
- Alternate day intermittent fasting: Cycle between 24-hour periods of eating and fasting.
- The 5-2 method, eat regularly for five days during the week and restrict food during 2 days to about 500 to 600 calories during the fasting days.
The Pros and ConsSo we know what intermittent fasting is and what it does, but the real questions are—is it healthy? Is it safe? Is it something you should do? Your body is unique. And so is everyone else’s. Many people have tried intermittent fasting with great results, and they happily want to share their success with others. But for many people, intermittent fasting is not the answer they’re looking for. For some people, it could even be a danger to their long-term health. Let’s look at just a few of the many possible pros and cons of incorporating intermittent fasting into your daily life. Pros:
- Promotes health and weight management. Some studies show intermittent fasting may be a promising way to lose weight and improve metabolic health.
- No calorie counting. With intermittent fasting, you don’t have to change what you eat in order to stay under your daily calories. By controlling when you eat, you have the freedom to eat what you want.
- It’s simple. Intermittent fasting makes your day simpler. When on a fasting program, you plan for and cook less meals. Some people find this simplicity liberating, as they have more time to devote to other activities they love.
- Dropout rate is high. Recent studies show people may be more likely to quit an intermittent fasting routine before it can provide any real benefit to their health.
- You could develop bad eating habits. Intermittent fasting can be very stressful for some people. This, coupled with a lack of satisfaction, means they end up eating much more than they should during non-fasting periods.
- Dangerous for people with certain conditions. While safe for most people, intermittent fasting can have negative effects if you have diabetes, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or take certain medications. Make sure to always consult your physician before introducing any fasting routine or change in diet as part of your everyday life.