What is Intermittent Fasting?
The obesity epidemic has created an industry of weight-loss schemes. There are many fad diets and medication scams claiming they are the best way to lose weight. This article will discuss intermittent fasting, which is when you alternate between periods of extreme calorie reduction and periods of normal eating. This weight loss diet claims to help people lose weight fast. The theory behind this diet is that intermittent fasting helps decrease appetite by slowing down a person’s metabolism.
Does intermittent fasting work for weight loss?
The scientific research on fasting to lose weight is still undetermined and the studies that have been done, show no difference in weight loss compared with people who ate a normal diet without fasting. Weight loss results were the same on diets that consisted of restricting daily calorie intake to the same amount every day, fasting during intervals, and eating a normal diet. So, according to research studies, intermittent fasting doesn’t show any improvement in weight loss vs. cutting calories or eating a normal diet.
The downside of a fasting diet-
The main reason fasting for weight loss does not work is because people usually don’t stick to a regular eating schedule. A fasting diet is difficult to follow because people naturally want to reward themselves with foods that they have been restricting during the fasting times. It is natural to want to overeat following a fasting period because your brain and appetite hormones are singling for food. These occurrences could be a pitfall to achieving your weight loss goals.
Are there benefits with intermittent fasting for weight loss?
The verdict on the benefits of fasting for weight loss are still pending, however, some small scale studies have shown that intermittent fasting may benefit your cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation, improve cellular regeneration, and help you burn more fat. Some people develop healthy eating patterns when they chose to follow a fasting diet. They do this through metabolic fasting or alternate day fasting.
Keep in mind, that more research is needed and the benefits that are being spoken of consists of research with animals. The belief is that fasting can activate certain cellular functions that can improve your immune function, reduce inflammation, and reduce your risk of developing certain cancers. However, there is no strong evidence supporting any of the health benefits besides possible losing weight.
Is fasting good for you?
The main benefit of fasting is to lose weight. The main purpose is to develop healthy eating patterns overtime for sustained weight management. Losing weight and being physically active can help lower your risk of developing certain types of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and sleep apnea. For the most part, intermittent fasting is about as beneficial as any other type of diet that reduces caloric intake.
Is fasting to lose weight safe?
Fasting is safe for most people. Be sensible, and check with your doctor before starting any type of weight management program. Skipping meals to lose weight may seem like an easy approach to weight loss but it isn’t for everyone. If you have any type of medical disorder always check with your doctor to see if this type of weight loss program is right for you.
What are other weight loss alternatives?
Hypnosis for weight loss is a highly effective way to lose weight without any serious side effects or harmful medications. Hypnosis can help you realize your weight loss goals and help you keep the weight off longer. Hypnosis is embraced by many healthcare professionals as a safe and effective way to lose weight.
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Hypnosis for weight loss works by combining hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps to change counterproductive thoughts and behaviors that keep you stuck in the never ending gain/lose cycle of weight management. Hypnosis will help you stop unwanted food cravings, increase your desire for exercise, help with stress management, and give you the skills needed to keep your weight off for a very long time. Contact Sobair and give hypnosis for weight loss a try. Seeing is believing because it works!