Side Effects of Intermittent Fasting
We all know intermittent fasting is great and all but I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s ever wondered if there are any……..negative effects. So in today’s video, I want to talk about if there are any side effects associated with intermittent fasting.
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The good news is that a lot of these side effects will go away overtime. But it’s definitely something that you should be aware of especially if you’re just starting out, this way you know what to expect. By the way I’m a fan of intermittent fasting and I do it myself all the time but there are pros and cons to every single diet approach even fasting. Let’s start with the most obvious of all the side effects the hunger the cravings and what you can do about it. If your transitioning to intermittent fasting, but you’re used to eating three Square meals a day everyday or if you’re used to eating 5 meals or 6 meals then you’re going to feel a little hungry transitioning to either skipping breakfast or skipping dinner. Your body is used to its normal routine feeding schedule. It releases hormones during the times of the day that you normally eat to Signal hunger and your body even increases stomach acids during those times. So its going to take some time for your body to adapt. There are a couple things you can do to reduce your hunger one of the most talked about is to skip breakfast and drink coffee. And even though coffee does have an appetite suppressing effect its not my best tip for you to reduce hunger. But it can sure help and if you do decide to have coffee just make sure your coffee doesn’t have any cream or sugar. The best way you can prevent hunger is by not trying to do everything all at once. A lot of people try to cut carbs, restrict calories, fast, and go into ketosis at the same time. That’ll make you lose fat faster right? No…. that’s gonna make you binge faster. If you’re going to try intermittent fasting don’t cut your carbs at the same time. If you want to combine carb cutting with intermittent fasting later on when you’ve already adjusted then you can do that you can even do a keto style intermittent fasting diet plan. But I wouldn’t start off with it a lot of people make that mistake and that just makes you crazy hungry which just makes you binge and then fail your diet. The next potential side effect is a headache. This is another thing that won’t last but when people first start fasting it’s very common for them to get headaches that come and go because their body is still getting used to their new eating schedule. BY Staying hydrated you can help prevent some of these headaches. But these should go away. One side effect that applys to a longer term fast is that you may have decreases in your strength and overall performance. However this doesn’t really apply to intermittent fasting because you’re only fasting for 16 hours. You may have a slight decrease in strength when first starting but as soon as you adapt your strength should go right back up. Now if you are fasting for days at a time that changes things you will have a reduction in athletic performance. Another big side effect is obsession which is not what intermittent fasting was designed for. People obsess over the little things. for example some people will sit there and wait 10 minutes because they’re afraid of breaking their fast 10 minutes early. That’s crazy intermittent fasting is a form of flexible dieting. It’s Originators definitely did not want for you to obsess over your feeding and fasting windows. They tried to move away from a restrictive dieting model. If you’re at the restaurant with your family after fasting for 7 hours or even six hours and you have to break that fast that day a little early it’s not the end of the world. First of all you can balance out your Macros anyway and you can go right back to fasting the next day. Don’t obsess over the little things remember that intermittent fasting works because it helps keep your insulin levels low and helps you control the amount of calories you eat for the day. There are other ways that you can still do that during a day where your forced to break your fast. It’s really not a big deal. Let’s talk about another side effect believe it or not heartburn is it very real side effect that can happen due to fasting. Remember how I said earlier that your body is on a regular eating schedule. Acid works on that schd
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