Let’s start with what exactly is Intermittent Fasting (IF)?
Intermittent Fasting is simply going for extended periods of time without eating.
There are tribes all over the world who naturally experience IF in some way or some form. Many of them show no signs of age related problems such as cancer, neurodegeneration, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or hypertension.
In reality, fasting is a natural part of human life. To simplify Intermittent Fasting- it’s essentially, sleeping.
Some ways you may incorporate IF into your daily habits on purpose are meal skipping, fasting on alternate days, Eat Stop Eat, and many more.
Keep in mind, it’s still in its early stages. IF when done properly, might help regulate your blood glucose, control your blood lipids, and possibly reduce the risk of coronary disease. It could also help manage body weight, help gain or maintain lean mass, reduce the risk of cancer, and many more. Again, keep in mind studies are in their infant stages and there is room for controversy and skepticism.
Why IF isn’t for everyone….
While IF works, and works well, for many, it’s not healthy for everyone.
Research shows that active women in particular, should be careful when experimenting with IF. Researchers don’t know yet if the benefits of Intermittent Fasting for women who exercise, out weigh the possible risks.
Intermittent Fasting is not recommended for:
- Women who might be pregnant or nursing
- Someone who has a history with disordered eating
- Someone who is chronically stressed out
- Someone who doesn’t sleep well
- Someone who is new to diet and exercise
There are plenty of other places to start out as far as trying to better your health if any of these sound like you. Focus on those before you consider fasting.
- How is your sleep?
- How about your fluid intake? Are you still chugging high calorie drinks?
- Are you making BETTER food decisions?
- Have you tried adjusting your portion control?
- Slowing down while you’re eating and eating until satisfied, not stuffed?
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