What is intermittent fasting?

in , by The Red Beet, November 13, 2020

I would say it is one of the world's most popular health trends these days. I started over a month ago and, so far, it is working for me. My aim was to lose 3 kilograms, which is about 6 pounds. 

I know, you could ask me, that's it? Yes, I could't lose it, I tried keto, paleo, low carb, but I was always craving exactly that thing I could not eat on that particular diet. And those cravings were like really bad. If you are here and reading this article, you know what I'm talking about.

So long story short, the more the diet restricted me from some kind of food, the more I craved it. That led me to binge eating and binge eating led me to stop that diet. 

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Do not get me wrong, I'm not saying the diet is not good and here I would like to emphasize, that not every diet is suitable for everybody and every body. You have to find a diet which serves you, instead of starves you so much that you will give up the diet.

If it is easy for you to give up carbs, then stick with the low carb diet. Choose the best one that suits you and stick with it, not only for a few weeks, but for months, years if you can, because that is how you are going to see results, by not giving up.

Back to intermittent fasting. I found that this eating pattern suits me the most, I can carry on with it for the long run.

Now here is a disclaimer, I am not a doctor, I am just a regular person sharing information with you, what worked for me. The information here shouldn't be a substitute for medical advice, as everyone's situation is unique. Please ask your doctor, if intermittent fasting would be right for you.

People usethis method to lose weight or because they want to provide themselves a healthier life overall. As the name says intermittent fasting means you are fasting for a certain amount of time then you eat.

Like other diets, intermittent fasting does not restrict you from certain foods, it is more like when you should eat. Fasting is not a new invention. People have been doing it for a long time for religious reasons for example.

You voluntarily reduce or eliminate your intake of food for a specific time and purpose. It is a willful refrainment from eating.

Sometimes people fast because of lack of food, which is unfortunate and should not be happening in this day and age when food is available. 

Back then ancient hunter-gatherers did not have fancy supermarkets, they ate whenever food passed by and they really needed to work hard to get that meal. I found an article which says, how many calories were burned during a typical hunter-gatherer activity per day. About 7000 calories. Just to mention some of the activities, hunting, butchering, stacking firewood, walking and the list goes on.

How many calories do we burn nowadays? In general, a young human will burn over 1700 calories just to stay alive. And on top of that, research shows that people become less active with age. Being less active can significantly slow down your metabolism. The ability to quickly use up energy decreases. Regular endurance exercise might prevent metabolism from slowing down with age.

Who should not start Intermittent Fasting?

People under the age of 18, people with advanced diabetes or who are on medications for diabetes, people with a history of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, and pregnant or breastfeeding women should not attempt intermittent fasting unless under the close supervision of a physician who can monitor them.

Summed up, intermittent fasting is when you reduce or eliminate your food intake for a specific time.

I hope you got some ideas about this eating pattern. 

Related article: How do you do intermittent fasting?

! The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read in this article or the internet !

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