What Are The Pros And Cons Of Intermittent Fasting For Weight Loss

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Pros And Cons Of Intermittent Fasting

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Nowadays all over the world there is one way of eating that is giving great weight loss results. I call it the Indian traditional way of eating. Why! because it is based on the fasting system of us Indians. We fast for so many reasons from personal to religious. The most popular way of eating for weight loss is called Intermittent Fasting.

The popularity of intermittent fasting has recently increased because this diet does not require you to eat or avoid any particular foods. All it says is to follow a set time limit to eat meals amidst fasting. It is a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of fasting and eating. There are various ways to go for Intermittent Fasting…(Read here)

One of the ways is 5:2 when on two days of the week (not consecutive), the individual should reduce calorie intake to just 500 to 600 calories and on the rest 5 days of the week, there is no need to follow any dietary restriction.

Fasting is nothing new yet is it right to deprive yourself of food?Lets see some pros and cons of intermittent fasting here!

Keep reading!

Pros of intermittent fasting

  • Intermittent fasting does not have any food restriction and this is great for those who want to lose weight happily.
  • The eating plan is not about what foods to eat but about when to eat them.
  • Eating less automatically leads to reduced intake of calories.
  • When you fast, you reduce the energy and time you have to spend in preparing meals and then cleaning up. This makes things simple especially for the working people.
  • Following a low-calorie diet is difficult so fasting seems way easier. With intermittent fasting, you only have to think about reducing intake on 2 days in a week.
  • Fasting for 16 hours makes changes inside you. Stored fat gets more accessible due to hormonal changes. The body senses scarcity of food and uses stored fat instead of food.

Cons of intermittent fasting

  • The chief side effect of intermittent fasting is hunger and you can feel tired and weak.
  • Your energy levels and work performance might get disrupted.
  • On non-fasting days, people are more inclined to binge on food. This might cause no weight loss or even gain.
  • It lowers the body’s metabolism as it enters the starvation mode. This can break down your muscles instead of fat for energy. Just 24 hours of fasting is enough for this to happen.

What do you think about the pros and cons of intermittent fasting now?

A word of caution

  • Those who have an existing medical condition should ask the doctor before going ahead with intermittent fasting or any other weight loss dietary modification .
  • Pregnant women or nursing mothers should not do intermittent fasting.
  • Same goes for growing kids and the elderly as their nutritional needs are not met when they are on such eating patterns.

The final word

You can follow intermittent fasting to lose weight or for metabolic changes. Just be sure to carefully monitor symptoms of any kind and adjust the diet, if you start experiencing any side effects. It is advised to consult a doctor or a dietitian before trying intermittent fasting.

Hope you are clear about intermittent fasting now.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Here are some simple lifestyle changes and weight loss tips that you should follow:

    Start your day with moderate exercise
    Have a heavy breakfast
    Eat more whole foods
    Skip sugary beverages
    Avoid fad diets
    Eat an apple daily
    Eat meals at home to avoid junk food binging
    Drink plenty of water
    Weigh yourself weekly rather than daily

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