Say No to Intermittent Fasting
Updated: Jun 24, 2019
Intermittent fasting has been one of the latest weight loss trends, but is it really the answer to losing weight?
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is basically waiting a period of time between eating and fasting. There are different methods of this, but they all consist of eating periods and fasting periods. Many people believe that this is the best way to lose weight, since they already fast every day when they are sleeping.
Here's the Thing...
Sleeping is not fasting! As someone who sleeps long hours during the night, I know the difference between not eating at night rather than during the day. When was the last time you had to wake up in the middle of the night from hunger? Probably not that recently. When was the last time you could not concentrate on something because your stomach was growling? Probably more recently.
Your Body Doesn't Like to be Starved!
I like to think of how when your stomach makes loud noises, it's mad at you. Being 'hangry' is real. Your stomach and your emotions are best friends. Don't make your stomach angry because YOU will feel angry.
The 16/8 Method
The 16/8 method is the most popular kind of intermittent fasting. It is when you fast of 16 hours and have an 8 hour eating window. You can do this by having your meal at 8pm and skipping breakfast in the morning.
Why would you do that to yourself? You should never, EVER skip breakfast! As a competitive gymnast, I always eat breakfast no matter how early the morning it is or how hungry or full I am. Breakfast is your most essential meal. It gives you the nutrition you need for the day. In addition, it determines my attitude and concentration.
Other methods include the Eat-Stop-Eat and the 5:2 diets. The Eat-Stop-Eat diet is even worse than the 16/8 method. It is a 24 hour fast. This is what starvation is people! You may look thinner, but you will feel fatigued and eat the day's worth of food you did not eat once you break the fast. The 5:2 diet is when you consume only 500-600 calories for 2 days of the week. This is better than the other 2 methods but still not good for you. By doing this diet, you will not be getting the proper nutrients your body needs. Also, people use their calories in different ways. Some may be using it on fish and nuts, but the average person would use it on pizza and chips. Think of it: if I gave you and handful of almonds and a handful of candy and told you to choose one, you choose candy (unless you're crazy).
Effects of Intermittent Fasting
Fewer Nutrients- As I wrote before, fasting does not provide the proper nutrients your body needs. In many cases, people focus solely on on counting their calories rather than the quality of their food.
Muscle Loss- Fasting doesn't just make you lose fat; it causes you to lose muscle too. Studies show that after 6 hours of fasting, your body converts lean muscle into carbs, which your body will burn off.
Overeating- After not eating for a period of time, you will be soooo hungry that you'll eat too much food when the fast is over. Binge eating is very common after this kind of fasting, and people go back to the same weight they originally started with.
Poor Sleep- This affects your ability to fall and stay asleep. And guess what? Lack of sleep causes more cravings!
The Main Point
Overall, intermittent fasting may seem to be the best way to lose weight, but it is not healthy or long lasting. I WOULD NOT recommend doing this (unless you want to know what uncontrollable hunger feels like 😊).