What exactly is intermittent fasting and is it healthy?
Intermittent fasting is method that allows you to schedule your eating.
There are different approaches such as the:
*16/8 method which is a 16 hour fast and an 8 hour eating window (and eating window is where you eat your food)
*The 5:2 diet involves eat as you would for fives day and then reducing your calories to 500-600 for the other 2 days of the week.
*Alternate-Day fasting is about fasting every other day.
There has been a lot of research into intermittent fasting. Researchers have found that it can
*Help with weight loss
*Reduces LDL cholesterol
*Reduce insulin levels- When we eat we release insulin (this is higher when we eat sugar). But when you don't eat for a prolonged period of time your blood sugar levels stay normal and insulin isn't produced. This can therefore help with insulin resistance.
*Improves mood-There has been some research showing that intermittent fasting can help you feel more alert and calm.
*Women following must be careful when fasting as the female sex hormones are more sensitive to changes in energy intake. Intermittent fasting can cause a woman to lose her period because fasting can throw off gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) pulses.
*Someone who has an eating disorder, intermittent fasting may not be healthy.
*Lastly, if you suffer from Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis Dysfunction intermittent fasting may not be healthy.