Go on the internet and search for ways to lose weight without working out. Links that direct you to articles or pages about intermittent fasting will pop out again and again.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that gets you fast for a long period of time and eat during a specific window of time each day. This way, more fats are broken down easily and more weight is lost.
While intermittent fasting is a health and nutrition programme recommended by other experts, I personally am against it. I will never recommend intermittent fasting to the people I talk to, no matter how desperate they are to lose weight.
Intermittent fasting technically has benefits.
Of course, it will never be recommended by experts if it does not have its benefits. These include an increase in your metabolic rate to break down more body fat and get more energy; an increase in cell repair by removing stored waste from cells; lower blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol to lower your risk for health issues; and fighting inflammation and free radicals.
What are the typical intermittent fasting templates?
The 16/8 Method
Fast for 16 hours and eat only within 8 hours a day. That window can fit two or more meals where you can eat whatever you want – as long as those are healthy. During the fasting period, however, you are only allowed to drink water, coffee, and other zero-calorie beverages to reduce your hunger.
The 5:2 Diet
This is a kind of diet where you eat what you want 5 days a week but restrict your intake of calories on the other two days of the week.
Technically, skipping meals is also a method of intermittent fasting. This happens when you’re not hungry or when you’re too busy to sit down for a meal.
The thing about intermittent fasting, however, is that each method does not reap the same benefits as the others. Every person has different preferences and lifestyles. Intermittent fasting, also, is not for everyone.
But I am against intermittent fasting
As a health and nutrition expert, I do not recommend intermittent fasting. I do not think that it is a long-term and reliable solution to anyone’s weight problems.
Here are three reasons why:
- Fasting is not sustainable.
Fasting should not be done during long periods of time. It must not be done regularly or else your body will complain about the lack of nutrients it is getting.
- You’re cutting out your nutrition.
In skipping meals and cutting out the nutrients that your body needs, you’re denying yourself a good and healthy lifestyle.
- Your relationship with food is compromised.
Most of all, your relationship with food may be compromised if you are used to fasting. It may introduce eating habits that are unhealthy, eating disorders, and anxieties that revolve around eating.
Instead of intermittent fasting, I will give you an expert health and nutrition opinion: learn how to eat more healthily.
You don’t have to cut off eating because it truly is an enjoyable experience that you get to do everyday, and wisest in solitude. What you have to do is to switch up the food you’re eating into those that are healthy and nutritious.
That way, your health and nutrition would always be in check.
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