What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is when you eat during a specific time period and then fast the rest of the time. There are several different types of intermittent fasting. Some people fast for one or two days at a time, while others fast for 18 hours a day. The foods eaten should be healthy, rich in nutrients and carbohydrate rich snacks or desserts should be limited or avoided entirely.
If your goal is to lose fat, intermittent fasting is an excellent option. Fasting drains your body of its glucose reserves, its main energy source from what we eat and drink. Without glucose, you switch over to burning fat for fuel in a process called ketosis.
Intermittent fasting has also shown to reduce hunger; improve blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin resistance. These medical conditions if not controlled, can lead to heart disease and/or Diabetes.
It is an eating plan/diet which easily fits into day to day living and is therefore easy to follow and to stick to (unlike other diets)
Intermittent fasting is recommended for:
- Weight loss
- Menopausal women with mid-section fat
- Pre-diabetic patients who are looking to control their health marker levels (under recommendation from a Physician)
- Post Pregnancy (only those who cannot breast feed)
- Patients looking to improve their sugar and cholesterol levels within the normal ranges (under recommendation from a Physician)
Intermittent fasting is not recommended for:
- Women who are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding
- Anyone with an eating disorder or a history thereof
- Those with a BMI of below 18.5 or people i.e. underweight
- Type 1 Diabetics who use insulin
- People using medication such as warfarin (blood thinner)
- Children and teenagers younger than 18 years of age
- Anyone with a medical condition or taking prescription medication should speak with their Physician before beginning a new diet, eating or exercise plan