3 Things You Need To Know About Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting (IF) is a fad diet that has gained quite a bit of traction over the past couple of years. The idea behind IF is that you are alternating periods of extreme caloric deficit with periods of normal eating. Most often this looks like consuming all calories within a 6-8 hours of the day (therefore fasting for 12-18 hours.)
When it comes to weight loss, the formula is simple; you need to take in less than what you burn. With this in mind, sure-IF can absolutely yield results. However, the way you go about your caloric deficit plays a huge role in the sustainability of your results and your overall health.
Like any other fad diet, there are people who benefit from this method of eating. However, before you decide to go this route because your sister-in-law or your best friend lost weight doing it, here’s what you need to know..
Intermittent Fasting has a direct relationship with increased levels of cortisol; the stress hormone. Depriving your body of food for long periods of time, creates stress in the body! Elevated levels or cortisol will disrupt your mood, your sleep, your appetite and overall be a huge suck on your energy.
There is a strong, biological push to overeat following periods of fasting-making intermittent fasting a diet that does not often yield long-term results. The desire to “catch up” or “treat yourself” is too great and many people struggle with overeating. Along these same lines, practicing IF during the weekdays but being more lenient on the weekend, often leads to a calorie surplus.
Fasting has a serious impact on your hormones, and has been associated with mood stings, amenorrhea, irritability and intense cravings. Our bodies appreciate a stable blood sugar, eating within about 90 minutes of waking, and high quality unprocessed foods!
The bottom line is this: IF will yield results if you are consuming fewer calories than what you’re burning. This is great! However, what is happening on a hormonal level does NOT support long term health and sustainability of results.
Your best bet when trying to positively impact your health, is to be consistent. Consistently eating throughout the day, consistently drinking enough water, consistently getting those veggies in twice daily.
If IF if something you are considering-discuss it with your physician, especially if you have any underlying conditions.
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