Expert Views on Intermittent Fasting: In the last few years, the trend of weight loss among people has increased rapidly. Various methods are being adopted for this. One of these is Intermittent Fasting, which is on people’s lips these days. A large number of people are trying to lose weight in this way. Many of these people do not know the right way to do this, due to which they may have harm instead of benefit. Today we will tell you what is intermittent fasting and what is the opinion of experts on it.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
According to experts, ‘intermittent fasting’ is an eating plan, in which a person eats food at a fixed time throughout the day and fasting is done in the remaining hours. In intermittent fasting, a pattern of eating is created, with the most prevalent being the 16:8 pattern. Under this pattern, a person can take food and other nutrients only during 8 hours of the day, while fasting has to be done by drinking water only for the remaining 16 hours. Apart from this, many times people try to lose weight by fasting on Alternate Day. It is considered as a way to lose weight.
According to Rekha Sharma, former Chief Dietician of Delhi AIIMS, people usually focus on what to eat. Whereas during intermittent fasting, it is important when to eat. By fasting for a few hours every day or eating only once or twice a week, your body can burn calories. This can reduce your weight. Some scientific evidence also points to its benefits.
Rekha Sharma says that intermittent fasting involves fasting for 12 or 16 hours every day and eating food in the remaining hours. A popular example is the 16/8 method. There is a fasting of 16 hours and an eating window of 8 hours per day, in which you can eat 2, 3, 4 times a day. Eating hours are short so people need to take a balanced diet with enough protein, vitamins and minerals. It is very important to take a diet rich in vitamins and other nutrients.
There are many studies that support this method for weight loss and diabetes control. Although some do not support it, because there is limited time to eat, calories are also automatically reduced which leads to weight loss. The former Chief Dietitian of AIIMS is not a fan of intermittent fasting. They think that during this time, due to less calories and physical activity, weight is reduced. Going for a long time without food can also lead to acidity.
According to fitness trainer Arun Singh, intermittent fasting is a new version of traditional fasting and gyms can continue with it. Exercising during fasting is effective. A healthy diet should be taken during this time. Generally people follow 16:8 fasting pattern. It needs to be kept in mind that people should take exercise before the start of the 8-hour meal timing. Apart from this, they should keep electrolytes high.
Arun Singh does not recommend intermittent fasting for a long time. This should be followed only for a few weeks. By doing this for a long time, the weight of the muscles will be reduced and problems will start. Apart from this, it is also necessary to take great care of food and drink. As a fitness trainer, he has given training to many people who did intermittent fasting. They say that most of them have been successful in losing weight.
According to Dr. Aditi Chaudhary, General Physician and Medical Officer of BSF, people who are suffering from diabetes, hypertension or any other disease, they should not do intermittent fasting. It can be dangerous for such people to stay hungry for a long time. Apart from this, people who are completely healthy, they should also take advice of an expert before intermittent fasting. Sometimes doing this can lead to gastric problems. Although it depends on the health condition of each person. It can be beneficial for the health of some people and some people may also have trouble with it.
Dr. Aditi Choudhary says that doctors generally do not recommend intermittent fasting. Every person’s body needs a certain amount of calories, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and nutrients every day. If you keep a fasting window of 16 or 18 hours in intermittent fasting, then it is very important to take a healthy diet. Otherwise it will feel weak. The special thing is that junk food or oily food should not be eaten during intermittent fasting. You will not get the necessary nutrients from junk food and may cause harm instead of benefit.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 24, 2022, 12:43 IST