Intermittent fasting: Here’s what you need to know


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Fasting has existed in our society for a very long time now. Fastings are practiced both traditionally and culturally. However, it has been around for 10 years that the fitness industry has started adopting intermittent fasting and in the current situation, it is being widely practiced. So what is intermittent fasting?

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Intermittent fasting is something that doesn’t tell you what to eat rather tells you when to eat. It basically restricts the time of your eating. For example, let's suppose a person has breakfast at 8 in the morning and their last meal at 10 at night. Now according to traditionally practiced concepts, intermittent fasting will restrict your eating window to 8 hours and increasing your fasting window to 16 hours. So the basic concept is for a person who eats all day from 8 in the morning to 10 at night, somewhere around 14 hours restricting their eating period to 8 hours will definitely restrict their calorie consumption and help them in fat loss. But the most important thing to keep in mind is if they consume the same amount of food in the eating window that they used to consume on regular days it is not going to show any fat loss results.

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In the current situation, it is a tool to manage hunger. Basically in a fasting window, it’s the discipline that’s not letting you eat and when you are allowed to eat the hunger is already managed so because of that fat loss happens. But this is the exact thing people make mistakes on, they understand just because the time is restricted fat loss happens as they have restricted time of eating. They understand that restricting food consumption time will automatically boost the metabolism. Intermittent fasting however is not recommended for everybody. People with gastritis, diabetic patients, and people with low blood pressure should not be practicing this. However for most of the people if you can adapt it as your lifestyle it can be beneficial though it might be difficult at the beginning eventually, with time, you will get used to it.

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Intermittent fasting plays a huge role in controlling calorie intake. For most people eating 5 small meals can be a hectic thing so intermittent fasting will help you with 3 relatively bigger meals which can be more satisfying too. For most people working, eating at a regular interval might not just be possible so intermittent fasting helps them too.

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Now coming to its disadvantages intermittent fasting does have numerous researches done but looking at genuine researches it doesn’t show any profound benefits. For many people it also may not just be a lifestyle so you may lose weight by doing intermittent fasting but what after that will always be a question. For many people, some kind of carbs is always required before a workout so for people working out in the morning it might just not be their thing. So to make your fasting window easier you can drink black coffee, green tea without sugar or black tea because they will help you to suppress hunger.

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So in the end, I myself was a huge promoter of intermittent fasting. I used to do intermittent fasting while losing fat. Now I rarely do intermittent fasting but now I switch it up a little because the problem with intermittent fasting for people like me is the goal of not losing muscle while losing fat. And not supplying enough protein on a regular basis will ultimately result in muscle loss so I prefer taking protein shakes at the even in fasting window.


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