Weight Loss: Does Intermittent Fasting Really Work?
Intermittent fasting is a dieting pattern where you either limit your daily calorie intake (with alternate days where you can consume your normal number of calories) or you simply limit your meal time to an 8-to 10-hour period.
In simple English, this is a pattern of eating that cycles between brief periods of fasting and eating.
As with other weight loss and fitness fads, a handful of YouTubers swear by it, claiming that results will begin to show within a couple of days. Well, according to studies, intermittent fasting can have empowering effects on your brain and entire body, and could even help you live longer.
Intermittent fasting can be done in one of these 3 methods:
1. The 5:2 Diet
With this method, you only eat between 500-600 calories on two non-consecutive days of the week. And then you can eat normally on the other 5 days.
This method consists of fasting for 24 hours, either once or twice a week. For instance, by not eating from dinner time one day until dinner time the next day.
3. The 16/8 Method
This involves skipping breakfast and limiting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for instance from 2 pm to 10 pm, after which you then 'fast' for 16 hours in between.
But does this method of dieting actually work as many claim? Well, judging by the positive reviews from those who have attempted it, as well as its recommendation by health and fitness experts, it's safe to say yes, it works.
If you're wondering whether to try this out or not, read below the benefits of intermittent fasting.
- Weight loss: In fact, this is the major reason many people venture into intermittent fasting. It can also help you lose belly fat and love handles, without consciously restricting calories.
- Brain health: Intermittent fasting boosts the production of a brain hormone called BDNF, and may also increase the growth of new nerve cells as well as protecting against Alzheimer's disease.
- Heart health: Intermittent fasting may reduce blood triglycerides, insulin resistance, LDL cholesterol, blood sugar and inflammatory markers which are all risk factors for heart disease.
With all these loaded benefits, we can confidently say that intermittent fasting isn't a bad idea at all. Would you try it out?
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