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While there are various ways to lose weight, intermittent fasting is the newest entrant on the list. Although intermittent fasting is nothing new for humans since they have been fasting either for religious reasons or due to a scarcity of food or it could be fasting overnight, while we sleep. So even though the term might sound pretty technical, just relax.
Intermittent fasting is a way of eating that involves regular short term fasts. It is considered that intermittent fasting helps in the consumption of fewer calories and also aids in optimizing hormones related to weight gain. Intermittent fasting has gained a lot of popularity among the dieters and here are the three different types of ways in which one does intermittent fasting.
But the catch is, only if you are following the entire procedure properly and not overindulging during the eating phase only then will this type of fasting help you. Various studies state that if done properly it can lead to weight loss, loss of belly fat and reduction of calorie intake.
Which hormones are affected during intermittent fasting?
The fat stored in your body is a mechanism to store energy (calories). However when you are fasting, the body tries to make the existing fat more accessible in order to be used as energy when you aren’t consuming anything.
Here is how your hormones are expected to take a turn:
In short, short term fasting helps in losing fat faster.
Losing weight and holding on to muscle mass during intermittent fasting-
Intermittent fasting has its own benefits, however you need to know whether you fall in to the list of people who can do it or you fall in to the category wherein you must not try it.
No doubt that intermittent fasting has its benefits but always remember one size does not fit all.
Who can do intermittent fasting?
Who should not do intermittent fasting?
While a load has been spoken about the benefits of intermittent fasting, here are people who should not undertake intermittent fasting.
In a nutshell,
Intermittent fasting when done properly can help extend life, manage body weight, reduce the risk of cancer, help us gain muscle mass, control blood lipid levels, reduce the risk of coronary disease and in some cases regulate blood glucose levels. However it has to be done under the guidance of an expert and not self-experimented. Also there are various conditions in which you cannot undertake fasting and hence it isn’t a great idea to force your body to do something it hasn’t done before.
IF NOT INTERMITTENT FASTING HERE IS HOW YOU CAN STAY HEALTHY-
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A Nutritionist,Clinical Dietitian,Speaker,health/fitness blogger who runs a nutrition website named NutriBond
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