Updated: Jun 13
7 Meals a week! How intermittent fasting is useful?
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently revealed that he has set his diet to exactly seven meals a week-no more, no less and that includes ‘just dinner’.
This is not the first time we have heard a celebrity talking about their strict diet plan but something like the Intermittent fasting that has also received a lot of backlashes due to its side effects is a little bit surprising.
According to Dorsey answer in a question-answer video interview with Wired, cutting out two meals daily helped him focus more on his day and his sleeping pattern also got better. But with intermittent fasting, he also follow a dozen of ‘wellness’ habits like two hours of meditation. Let's get into details and find out of intermittent fasting is really helpful for you.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is not actually a diet plan. It is a kind of timed approach system of eating. Unlike the other diet plans, intermittent fasting does not specify the kind of food or amount of calories you should take. It just specifies the time when you should eat. Though, it can be very beneficial for a lot of people, but it can also have dangerous side effects for few.
How is it useful?
Intermittent fasting has a lot of health benefits with weight loss on the top. It helps in lowering insulin and blood sugar levels that results in speedy burning of stored fats.
It also slows down the ageing process by making changes in certain genes that promotes longevity. You can also notice a dramatic increase in human growth hormone, or HGH, which helps the body utilize body fat and grow muscle.
Not just this, research shows that fasting is beneficial for the management of metabolic syndrome and diabetes, protects neuron function, extends lifespan and shows promise in those with digestive diseases.
Experiencing side effects during intermittent fasting is very common. As the body is adjusting itself with your new diet structure, you might feel slightly physically and mentally sluggish but it only remains during the adjustment period. Afterwards it should feel normal.
As for a healthy, well-nourished person, intermittent fasting can bring a lot of benefits but people with poor health, undernourished body or with any major health issues should avoid this and consult a doctor.
Should I do it?
If you're looking forward to start with the Intermittent fasting, there are few things you should ask yourself first!
Am I healthy enough to skip my meals?
Do I have any major health issues?
Why do I need it?
Am I ready for the commitment?
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After you're satisfied with all the answer, plan a meal structure for yourself. Start with skipping only one meal a day and then keep extending it. If you're concerned about muscle growth, eat a lot of protein during your eating period. Make sure you consume a balanced calorie diet or all the efforts will go in vain.
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