To Fast or Not to Fast: Pros and Cons to Intermittent Fasting

It seems like within the world of fitness and nutrition, differing trends continue pop up and make their way into the forefront as the “it” thing to do when it comes to your health. Celebrities cling to a concept and said idea makes its way into the general public via blogs, magazines articles, and television talk shows.

As of late, a popular health concept that has hit the main stream is intermittent fasting, a pattern of eating where individuals go without food for periods of time within a week. There are no food restrictions. However, there are restrictions around what time a person can eat. Non-caloric beverages such as water, tea, and coffee are also allowed at any time.

Types of Intermittent Fasting

There are many differing forms of intermittent fasting, and the time period of the fast centers around a 24-hour day and seven-day week.

16/8

The idea around this is to fast for 16 hours daily. Some examples would be:

  • Eating two meals between the times of noon and 8 p.m. each day
  • Eating two meals between 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Eating two meals between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. … you get the idea!

Eat/Stop/Eat
The concept around this intermittent fast is to not eat anything from dinnertime on one day until dinnertime the next day and is like a 24-hour fast. This type of fast should be done one or two times weekly.

5:2 Ratio

An individual is required to eat approximately 500-600 calories two days out of the week.

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PRO – Weight Loss

If you are looking to drop a few pounds, intermittent fasting may help. We all fast to a certain degree, daily in fact! When we go to bed every night, we get plenty of sleep, but zero food, which is the idea around intermittent fasting. When you only eat two meals versus three to six, you eat less, therefore your caloric intake is less and you lose weight. The concept is quite a simple one.

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