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Should I Try Intermittent Fasting?

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Did you know? Intermittent fasting was the most popular diet in 2018, according to BBC News, and it is still gaining followers.

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where people fast (don’t eat) for spaces of time that may last hours or days. (They can drink water and unsweet drinks.) They eat normally during the rest of the time. Fans claim intermittent fasting helps with weight loss, reduces inflammation and insulin resistance, and even prolongs life.

That being said, is intermittent fasting the best choice? Our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial would like to share some insight.

How Does Intermittent Fasting Work?

Research suggests that intermittent fasting works by inducing certain metabolic changes in your body. When you fast, your metabolic rate increases.

Intermittent fasting has been linked to benefits including improved heart health, better memory, and lowered insulin resistance. Animal studies also revealed longer life and lower cancer rates. It is is not known if humans benefit from those effects.

Common Intermittent Fasting Patterns

  • 16/8—Fast for 16 hours, eat food during eight hours.
  • 5/2—Eat normally five days a week; eat just one meal two days a week.
  • 24-hour fasting—Select one or more days per week to fast all day.
  • Alternate day fasting—Fast on alternate days.

Will I Lose Weight With Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting may be more effective than calorie-restriction diets for weight loss. It has the added benefit of preserving lean muscle while you lose weight.

However, intermittent fasting has not been popular for long enough to know whether it leads to lifelong weight loss, or whether, like many diets, people will regain the weight over time. It’s a good idea to discuss any new eating pattern with your doctor.

People Who Shouldn’t Use Intermittent Fasting

  • People who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • People who have diabetes
  • Children and teens
  • People who have had eating disorders

Ready to talk with someone about healthy weight loss? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Centennial today.

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