Is intermittent Fasting Dangerous?

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Intermittent fasting is a diet pattern that involves either no food or significant calorie reduction and periods of unrestricted eating.

It is emphasized to change body composition through loss of fat and mass weight and to improve health that is associated with diseases such as high blood pressure, and cholesterol level. Intermittent fasting is an excellent way of losing fat by helping the insulin which is the fat-storage hormone to function by keeping it down.

There have been concerns about intermittent fasting being good or bad. The belief behind intermittent fasting is our insulin levels go down far enough and for long enough, as they do during a fasting period, we’re able to burn off fat.

Insulin levels drop when a person is not consuming food. During a period of fasting, decreasing insulin levels cause cells to release stored glucose as energy. Repeating this process regularly, as with intermittent fasting, leads to weight loss.

Moreover, this type of fasting often results in eating fewer calories which leads to weight loss.

Intermittent fasting also enables the GI tract to rest and repair while in a state of fasting. It is when your body can use fat stored in your cells as fuel, so you’re burning fat instead of storing it, which contributes to weight loss.

Intermittent fasting can help lower cholesterol, enhances glucose control, ameliorates liver fat, and improves blood pressure. Increased endurance, better motor coordination, and improved sleep were positive results got by some people involved in IFs.

Studies also disclosed how intermittent fasting might slow the aging process through weight loss, lower blood pressure and reduce the level of cholesterol.

The diet works best when you stop eating at a certain time of the day and avoid eating at night altogether. That means no in-between or before-bed snacks. Although the time of eating will differ from person to person, many of my patients find success when they are eating between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Intermittent fasting can be difficult, but as your body adjusts to a new way of consuming foods, the diet gets easier. The overall idea is to be more aware of what and when you’re eating. It gives you limits that many find very helpful and friendly.

Along with intermittent fasting, we promote daily exercise, avoiding sugars, and choosing fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.

There have been some demerits to this weight loss technique making the headlines.

According to experts, intermittent fasting can lead to diminished attention and insight because the body doesn’t absorb adequate calories during a fasting window to provide ample energy.

Fasting could also lead to dizziness, nausea, and tiredness.

Avoiding meals and hardly limiting calories can be risky for people with certain conditions as diabetes. Some people who take prescriptions for blood pressure or heart disease also may be more open to imbalances of sodium, potassium, and other minerals during longer-than-normal periods of fast.

A couple of methods use in doing intermittent fasting are as follows:

Eat Stop Eat is an intermittent fasting program with one or two 24-hour fasts per week.

Alternate-day fasting involves fasting about every other day, either by not eating anything or by eating only a few hundred calories.

The Warrior Diet encourages subsisting on only small amounts of vegetables and fruits during the day and then eating one huge meal at night.
Another way to do intermittent fasting is to simply skip one or two meals when you don’t feel hungry or don’t have time to eat.

If you choose to try intermittent fasting, keep in mind that diet quality is significant. It’s not apparent to eat ultra-processed foods during the eating periods and expect to manage your weight and boost your health.

Most importantly, before embarking on an intermittent fast, you should consult a healthcare professional on guidance considering.

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