The Good and The Bad - Learn All About Intermittent Fasting

Updated: Jun 13

“Intermittent fasting” do you know what it is? Don't you? It’s been all over the social media for quite a time. Don’t worry! Given below is the detailed explanation of what is intermittent fasting, the metabolic processes and the science working behind it.

A lot of people believe that it is mandatory to have six healthy meals a day and plenty of gym time and exercise so as to help in burning tons of extra calories and it even keeps your metabolism level at the top. But that’s not always the case.

Intermittent fasting is an immensely popular and proven dieting strategy. It has proved itself to be a powerful tool to break through the weight loss plateau and fire up your fat burning. It is as the name suggests the policy of not eating and omitting all the frequent meals. That just simply means that while you're on intermittent fasting, you're eating only when you're feeling extremely hungry. Intermittent fasting is beneficial for the people who are on a keto-genic diet. It is suggested to eat just two meals a day and drink a lot of water. The meal should include a lot of fats, very less carbohydrates and plenty of green vegetables.

So, what exactly happens in our body when we are fasting? Our body receives very less carbohydrates and sugars to produce enough energy for the body to function, and it starts using the stored fats to produce energy. Isn't that a good thing? The stored fat that seems impossible to remove now has been put up to produce energy. That’s what intermittent fasting does to us, makes us slim, fit and healthy!

Other than its weight loss benefits, intermittent fasting also eliminates the risk of type 2 Diabetes, improves our cardiovascular health and prevents a lot of heart diseases, enhances the brain performance, suppresses the inflammation and also reduces the risk of cancer to a great extent.

Are there any side effects?

Yes, intermittent fasting isn't total risk-free. Though, it delivers a lot of amazing benefits for weight loss and total health. It can still give you some pretty good problems. Intermittent fasting isn't a healthier option for everyone. Let's say you're an old person with existing health issues, a pregnant woman or a breastfeeding mother, it will not do any good for you, and you can face a lot of issues. Clearly, it will never work for a person who is underweight and requires a lot of calories to maintain a healthy weight. There are also some of the side effects of intermittent fasting that even the healthiest of a healthy person can face!

  1. When you’re eating after long intervals, you might end up overeating. This can destroy the purpose of fasting and can even make you gain weight. Make sure you're eating under the limit and maintaining the low carbs, high fats ratio.

  2. This massive change in your diet plan can make you irritable and affects your mood. It can even boost your stress level and disrupt your sleep pattern. Take special care of your sleeping hours. 7-8 hours of sleep daily is mandatory. It controls stress and keeps the minds fresh.

  3. You can even face major issues such as low-blood pressure, headaches, dizziness, and low blood sugar level.

  4. Make sure you’re drinking a lot of water because it happens a lot of times with people on intermittent fasting. When they minimise their calorie intake, they also start compromising on their very serious drinking pattern. Lack of water in the body can make you dehydrated and can cause a lot of serious issues.

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Although intermittent fasting has its good and bad, you should always consult a dietician before starting this dieting plan. If you have any more queries, drop down a comment and let us know!

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