In our last few blogs, we have been talking about intermittent fasting. They even say that intermittent fasting is less of a diet and more of an ‘eating pattern’. Well, we couldn’t agree more. The intermittent diet focus on your eating patterns and timings. It guides on ‘when’ to it rather than ‘what’ to eat. It dictates the various intervals of fasting and eating. The most commonly followed diet type is 16:8 pattern which involves 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of window period to have your regular meals. People world-wide have found commendable results through this diet. Regardless, the results one might see largely depends on their body types. Some people while never be able to accomplish goals by following a particular diet. That’s because they haven’t figured out what works the best for them. Before taking up this diet plan you may want to go through some pros and cons.

Pros : 1. It manages your insulin levels: Your insulin levels are low when you fast. If you consider to have a high-fibre last meal, your insulin levels won’t surge. The diet also increases insulin sensitivity. 2. It burns fat : Low insulin levels reduce glucose absorption. When this happens, your body recruits fat for energy production. Thus it metabolizes and burns fats. 3. There are no food restrictions: You can have you regular meals without any hesitation as the there’s no fixed list of foods to eat on this diet. 4. The time frame can be modified according to your schedule: If you are a breakfast person and needs to join work early in the morning, you can manage your dinner timings accordingly and wrap it up sooner in the evening!

Cons : 1. Long fasting hours: The hours of fasting surely exceed eating hours, making it really difficult to keep cravings at bay. And you cannot have any food during this, no matter how healthy it is. 2. You need to stick to your time: If the first or the last meal gets delayed, the entire cycle changes. 3. Doesn’t suit every population: For people with diabetes, eating after long fasting hours might lead to a sudden insulin surge. If you have any underlying metabolic disease, make sure you consult your doctor before switching to this diet.

Bottom line : No matter how promising a diet looks, you won’t see results until you find a diet pattern that suits your body the best! Every body composition is different. Therefore, there is no ‘ONE’ diet that might work for everyone. Weight maintenance is of utmost importance which is achieved by following an even eating plan. Consistency is the key!

Disha Surwase
May 16, 2020, 10:55 a.m.

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