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Intermittent Fast or Intermittent Fad?

What is it:

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is when you only eat within a certain time-frame or fast for extended periods/days.

How it works:

There are multiple types of IF methods. Common ones include:

16/8 method: Eat within a period of 8 hours and fast within 16.

Eat-Stop-Eat method: Fast for 24 hours once or twice a week.

Some potential health benefits:

May help decrease total amount of daily calories consumed.

May increase the breakdown of stored body fat to be used as energy (weight-loss).

May improve cellular function, hormonal regulation, longevity, and prevent disease.

Some potential health risks:

Eating excess calories within feeding times may not lead to weight-loss.

Not taking in the recommended types and amounts of nutrients during feeding times may lead to disease and/or weight gain.

Abruptly changing your eating habits to IF can be difficult to sustain long-term.

Our take:

We believe that there are benefits to IF. On average, most people consume too many daily calories and IF may help limit this. Research also shows that there may be health benefits to eating less often throughout the day. However, if you do limit the amount of time you eat daily, make sure you take in your recommended amount of calories and all of your nutrients while doing it in a way that can be sustained.

And remember, whenever you begin to make changes to your diet, never make drastic changes, always make slow changes over a longer period of time!

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