Intermittent Fasting – A Good Way To Lose Weight?

fastingpictureMost researchers agree, to lose weight you should follow a low-carb diet, eliminate gluten and get more exercise.

If you are like me, you might find it hard to stay on any diet. In fact the word diet sends shivers down my spine.  So, I searched and found something that might make it a little easier for you to lose weight and keep it off, intermittent fasting.

What is intermittent fasting you may ask?

It is severely restricting your food intake on one, two or more days of the week and eating normally the rest of the time. You are not fasting for 24 hours with only water to drink, instead your are taking in about a quarter of your normal calories one or two days per week. For women that would be 500 calories, for men, about 600 calories. You decide how many days a week you want to fast.

Research has shown that intermittent fasting has the potential benefit of reducing breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes and cognitive decline.

Does it Lead to Bingeing on The Other Days?

This might surprise you, it doesn’t seem to be the case. In one study, subjects who ate 20-30% of their normal calorie requirements on fasting days generally ate just 10% more than usual on their non-dieting days. In fact, many people reported that their feelings of hunger on low-calorie days dramatically diminished over time.

Is It a Better Way To Lose Weight?

Intermittent fasting appears to yield the loss of less lean muscle when compared to conventional daily dieting. In a 2011 study, 90% of the weight lost through intermittent fasting was fat; compared with only 75% in daily dieting.

Who Shouldn’t Try Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is not for:

  • Children or teenagers
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Those with history of eating disorders

Also, it is recommended that adults with diabetes or heart disease consult their health-care provider before trying any new diet.

To your health,

Lori

P.S. Contact me for a free 45 minute healthy lifestyle consultation.

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