INTERMITTENT FASTING FACTS: Should you try it?
You’ve probably heard it everywhere online, on social media, on Youtube, on popular magazines – just everywhere. Intermittent fasting has become the “in” health and diet trend that has everybody wanting to try it out.
Erwan, a well-known chef and health enthusiast, posted on his blog about his discovery and journey with Intermittent Fasting. He cited visible changes in his health and stamina, making him lose weight after continuous practice.
The social media savvy personality has taken fasting to a whole new level by doing a 7-day Water Fasting with his actress sister, Solenn Heusaff-Bolzico. This stirred a lot of mix emotions from doctors, peers, and the public. Some show genuine interest because of the weight loss and health benefits, while others, especially doctors highly doubt the result even if backed up by scientific research.
What is this “Intermittent Fasting” and should you try it? Here’s what you should know about this popular diet fad.
TYPES OF INTERMITTENT FASTING
According to the research and report of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
You can fast about 12 to 16 a day, giving you about eight hours to actually eat. Most people do this at night, skipping breakfast, and eating their first meal around lunchtime.
This option allows you to eat about 25% of your recommended calorie needs on two fasting days, followed by 5 days of eating normally.
You switch between periods of consuming zero-calorie foods and beverages and actual eating. Some fans follow a high-fat or ketogenic diet on their days off from fasting.