What A Nutritionist Has To Say About Intermittent Fasting
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Intermittent fasting is goal-specific and not a type of fad diet.
We live in an era where the generation today, called the millennials, expect results to be in a ‘fast-forward’ mode. At times we forget the difference between a fad and a lifestyle change, and what it is that is required to attain a specific goal.
Most people confuse meanings of these two words that are often (and wrongly) used interchangeably: Fasting and starving. Intermittent fasting is goal-specific and not a type of fad diet. It is abbreviated as IF. IF is a pattern of eating food for specific number of hours and then fasting for the rest of the day, allowing the body to burn fat in order to provide energy during these hours. These hours are divided as per a person’s body’s adaptation to the diet. It is considered the perfect tool to accelerate fat loss. But the way IF is followed is of absolute importance, as nowadays, people can just Google, pick up a random chart and start following it for the sake of intermittent fasting. As a nutritionist, I think that the right time to start IF is when the person has completely adhered to keto diet for 2 months without any cheat meals. As and when the gap between eating hours and fasting hours increases, fat loss is accelerated. An important detail to note is that in IF, the person is not deprived of fluid intake. You are allowed to have sugar-free shots of coffee (black), black tea, clear beverages and water.
Now, let’s come to whether it benefits our body or not. Yes, it does benefit most people if followed in the right way because it betters the nutritional partitioning and gets processes aligned in the body for it to utilise stored fat.
Now that you know all about the advantage of intermittent fasting, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. If practiced on your own could lead to temporary hypoglycaemia.
2. It's also very important to maintain electrolyte balance while following intermittent fasting. Therefore, rather than just sipping plain water, add salt and lime to it.
3. Intermittent fasting can initially cause little dizziness and mood swings as your body is in the adaptation phase and getting accustomed to the new regime takes time.
4. Unlike other hardcore fasts, this fast doesn't require any special meals to be partaken as the first meal post fast.
5. The diet is irrespective of the consistency and more focused on the number of meals eaten and the interval maintained between fasting and eating.
6.The ingredients of your meals should be in accordance to the diet prescribed by your dietician.
Note: Intermittent fasting can be testing for those who run a tight schedule and find it difficult to stick to 4-5 meals a day or are not used to eating breakfast later in the day. Remember, each body is unique, so while the method is the same, the outcome will be different in every individual depending on their body type, intensity, and goal desired. So, give it a try and tell me how it works out for you.