Wellness Watch: What Is Intermittent Fasting And Is It Safe? | Clozette

We all grew up with the idea of having three big meals per day and maybe some snacks in between. And, yes, some of us (if not many) have also skipped a meal or two because of our busy schedules. But it’s a recipe for digestion disaster! Or is it?

Intermittent fasting is starting to become more popular for people who want to lose weight. But what is it really and is it safe? Simply put, intermittent fasting is restricting your body from any caloric intake (e.g. food) for a period of time. In a way, it’s similar to skipping a meal. The difference, people say, between intermittent fasting and other diets is that it focuses on when you intake food and not what you intake.

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Popular fasting techniques

There is no one way to do intermittent fasting. In fact, there are quite a few popular methods. There’s the 16:8 Method where you eat within a window of eight hours. For 16 hours, you don’t consume anything. The best way to achieve this is to count the number of hours you sleep and add to that before you embark on your eight-hour meal window.

There’s also the 5:2 Diet, also called the Fast Diet, where only eat 500 calories for two non-consecutive days. For the other five days, you continue on with your normal “healthy” diet where a 2000-calorie intake for women is advised. 

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And then there’s the Alternate Day Fasting, where, as the name suggests, you fast on alternate days. For days you don’t restrict your caloric intake to 500, you eat the way you usually do.

Is it safe?

When you think about it, intermittent fasting sounds like a good way to reboot your body into “good” food intake. But is it really safe to do? We asked a nutritionist to find out.

Our source, who requested anonymity but shared valuable insights, said you can lose weight while intermittent fasting. But it would still depend on your caloric intake. Say, you do the 16:8 method but you go over the recommended daily allowance of 2,000 calories for women and don’t exercise, you’re still going to put on some weight.

She also said that while it seems like a good way to get rid of excess weight, it can cause long-term risks such as “hypoglycemia contraindicated to people with diabetes” and acute gastritis and other gastrointestinal disorders.

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So, what can you do to lose weight without resorting to fasting? She suggests “strict calorie counting.” Watch what you eat and make sure you’re getting the right amount of nutrition your body needs and not sacrificing anything for the goal of shedding a few pounds.

What remains the best way to be at a healthy weight is to modify your lifestyle to a healthier one (following a proper diet for your body mass index and exercising).

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