Intermittent Fasting has been rising in popularity in recent times due to it's fast and efficient results to the individual who is dieting. They're countless ways to intermittent fast (8:16 hour fast, 2 days-out of the week-fasting, 16 day fast, etc). For the purpose of this article, I'm going to break down the Pros and Cons of this dieting technique and it'll be up to the readers mind to implement this style of health & wellness, or it may simply be not for you.
- Weight loss can occur almost immediately after starting the plan
- It may improve the body's sensitivity to insulin
- Some studies have shown a decrease in inflammation
- Like the rest of the body, you give your digestive system a rest from the constant work it does when you're eating 3-8 meals a day (depending on the individual)
- studies have shown that you'll lose bodyfat fairly quick. The body stores it's energy from food mainly through Glycogen. After this energy source is depleted, the body will tap into your fat stores for additional energy.
- Not ideal for those who are looking to gain weight (size and strength) in their workout regmien
- IF you are diabetic or hypoglycemic, fasting of any kind (in this case, intermittent) may be dangerous. Make sure to consult with your primary physician and/or nutritionist before trying this type of diet plan.
- EveryBODY is different. Age and the body's ability to implement these timed meals can be risky. As in the previous point, consult with a licensed dietitian or physician before moving forward.
- You may risk malnutrition when limiting your meals to 3 or less a day. Make sure to associate all foods from the food pyramid and consult with a nutritionst or licensed dietician to make sure your body is recieving an adecquate amount of nutrients and hydration.