Intermittent fasting advantages and disadvantages

 Intermittent fasting advantages and disadvantages


Intermittent fasting, what is fasting? It's the fact that you don't eat between 2pm and 6pm out of 24 hours a day. Instead of constantly eating, we choose to focus on certain hours to provide the calories our body needs. What is the interest of the organization? Is intermittent fasting desirable and for whom?



Intermittent fasting: what is it?

In fact, what is commonly called "fasting" is a possible form of intermittent fasting. It consists of eating for only 6 to 10 hours a day. Of course, many of us practice it in moderation without paying attention to it.


In fact, between the last meal of the day and breakfast the next day, the period from 10 am to 12 pm is often observed without calorie intake. Skipping one of these two meals allows you to get to 2-6 p.m. quickly. For example, you will have dinner at 8 pm and will not have your next meal until 2 pm the next day.


In a broader sense, intermittent fasting (IF) is "the adoption of fasting on a regular basis". So it can also be practiced in so-called "5-2" ie 5 days of a traditional diet and then 2 days of fasting over the course of the entire week.


Should I practice intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting appears to have real benefits. In fact, it would facilitate weight loss, reduce oxidative stress and reduce inflammation. It forces our bodies to adapt to the temporary calorie restriction, thus taking it out of its 'comfort zone'. The metabolism and resistance of cells will be improved.


However, is JI more interesting compared to simple calorie restriction (CR)?


Obviously, intermittent fasting should not be practiced by eating large amounts of food during meals!

In the therapeutic context, analysis of the benefits of fasting and/or intermittent fasting has begun in recent years. It is still too early to draw conclusions, but it could be an interesting complement to conventional cancer treatment and in other medical sectors.


In a precautionary context, JI may be advised if it is generally accompanied by true caloric restriction (CR). It's not a question of skipping breakfast and then skipping other meals! By being patient and regular, your body will gradually adjust to the new restrictions. The feeling of hunger will gradually subside and thus this new way of eating will be easier to follow.


Are there risks?

According to the first scientific research, IF does not appear to statistically increase eating disorders.


In addition, the reduction in calorie intake over time remains limited and therefore insufficient to cause hypoglycemia. However, depending on your daily needs and personal feelings, it is advisable to consult a doctor before embarking on this new way of eating. In fact, some organisms are more likely to develop hypoglycemia.


Likewise, intermittent fasting is not always recommended with certain medications or in pregnant women. Also ask your doctor for advice.

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