Intermittent fasting is not necessarily the answer to everyone's problem, though it can help with weight loss. TNS
Intermittent fasting is cutting yourself off from any food, other than water, for a certain amount of time. Some fasting is for religious reasons, while others fast for weight loss. But is it a healthy way to lose weight?
“We’re hearing a lot more about intermittent fasting, and it essentially means the voluntary abstinence of food for a prolonged period of time,” says Mikel Bryant, a Mayo Clinic dietitian.
Bryant says, while fasting can be a tool that helps some people with weight loss, “it’s not necessarily the entire answer to everybody’s problem. Our body needs a given amount of nutrients every day.”
Denying your body of calories for an extended period of time isn’t recommended for anyone who’s physically active, pregnant, under 18 or has certain medical conditions, such as diabetes.
She says, if you’re considering fasting as a weight-loss tool, make sure that, when you do eat, you’re taking in quality, healthy ingredients, such as the proper amount of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.
“So, bottom line, fasting may not be for everyone,” Bryant says. “But it is worth taking a look at your individual diet, your lifestyle, your behaviors and seeing if there can be any improvements that can be made to reach your weight goals.”
And talk to your health care provider before beginning any type of fasting weight-loss plan.
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The first day of Ramadan is most likely to fall on April 13. UAE residents will have to observe approximately 14 hours of fasting with a slight difference between various regions of the country.
Instead of practising intermittent fasting for weight loss, where you fast for most of the day, try time-restricted dieting, wherein you would eat at the same time every day.
It is five days to the Holy Month of Ramadan. While even non-Muslims may opt to fast, four medical specialists are reminding everyone not to be affected by external factors as the season is also a time to improve on virtues such as selflessness and patience. Let it be the time to re-work on the healthy lifestyle by way of enjoying more nutritious food and engaging in physical exercises with loved ones and those who matter.
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