Most Common Facts About Intermittent Fasting
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What is intermittent fasting? 

Intermittent fasting is a pattern of fasting that involves maintaining a planned consumption of food in a day or a week. There are several methods of doing it - skipping a meal in a day, alternative fasting (where a person only consumes water and low-calorie food on alternate days), ratio method, periodic fasting, etc. 

But, how to know if it works? 

Here are a few facts that will help you know it better.

  • Intermittent fasting leads to less sugar consumption, which helps prevent diabetes. But people with diabetes must consult their endocrinologist before taking up any such routine.
  • Fasting for 14 to 16 hours ( including sleep time) and restricting the food intake for the rest of the time in a day is beneficial for fat burning hence it helps in weight loss.
  • Fasting works out and fetches better results than otherwise, as during fasting our body has less energy. While working out, our body uses the energy released by fat burning, which eventually results in weight loss and a growing lean body.

Who is advised not to practice this method?

Intermittent fasting is not for everyone. It's a useful method for some people, however, intermittent fasting is not recommended for everyone.

According to the nutritionist Reema Kinjalkar

The trendiest diet, Intermittent fasting too, has its own terms and conditions. Do you know that intermittent fasting isn't made for everyone. People with eating disorders,  diabetes, and pregnant, lactating women are not allowed to be in this diet as their higher energy needs and more.

Disclaimer: This article is for general information only and does not address specific individual problems. It is not a substitute for professional advice and should not be relied upon to make decisions. Any action taken on the basis of the information in this article is your own responsibility.