Won’t you die from not eating for 24 hours?
No, you won’t! Frankly, it’s possible to survive a whole day without eating anything as long as you’re ready and willing. Religious groups have been doing it, and you have most likely done it too without you realizing it. Have you ever eaten dinner at 8 in the evening only to wake up so late the next morning that you didn’t have time to eat breakfast as you rush to work? Congratulations, you’ve fasted!
In all seriousness, it’s often your mindset which hinders you from conquering challenges such as these. You just have to go through it in stages. For example, start with a 16-hour fast, and then a 17-hour fast, and so on until you’re able to hit 24 hours without breaking a sweat.
What are its health benefits?
There will be a lot of websites, nutritionists, and studies that will contradict one another regarding the health benefits of Intermittent Fasting.
Some of the claims, however, include restored circadian rhythm (a.k.a. a fixed body clock), lower risk of heart disease, and prolonged lifespan. It’s also believed to be beneficial primarily to those who are pre-diabetic as Intermittent Fasting helps drive down insulin levels.
Take note that you can reap the best rewards out of Intermittent Fasting when you still observe a healthy diet during your eating windows.
Is Intermittent Fasting good for everyone?
As long as you’re in good health, there’s no risk in trying out Intermittent Fasting. However, those with a history of eating disorders and/or diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, those taking prescription medicines, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding shouldn’t try this program out as it may cause them more harm than good. Always consult a health professional first!
What are its side effects?
Expect to feel hungry — really, really hungry — during your first few days of fasting. You’ll feel a bit weaker than usual and your brain may not function as properly. However, these aren’t instant red flags; your body’s just getting used to the change in your eating schedule.
As long as you’re a fit and healthy person overall, there’s nothing to worry about. Just remember to take it in strides!
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