I have noticed that some commenters from my previous article have brought-up and suggested the employment of a dietary approach called Intermittent Fasting, otherwise known to some as “IF”. If you are like me, and have a habit of checking other people’s perspectives when presented with a new topic, you might have wondered why some people are recommending this approach to weight loss. So now, I have decided to give my opinion over the matter.
IF is just a hypernym to various dietary methods that have alternating fasting and non-fasting hours. The promise is not just weight-loss, but the preservation of muscle mass while eliminating the white fat deposits in body. Therefore, IF aims to help you achieve those desirable and noticeable cuts and buns in a shorter period of time.
The most common IF approach being used is the 16:8 method, which calls for 16 hours of fasting, and an 8-hour window time for regular meals. Usually, this is an advantage to people who are not accustomed to having breakfasts since the 16 hours fast includes your sleeping time, and will continue up until your lunch time. Though that’s not the standard, it’s actually easier to follow compared to other set-ups.
Now, the question that we all want answered at this point is, does it work?
For the promise of weight-loss, I certainly agree that it would. Setting aside the claimed unique biochemical processes that your body will experience while practicing this method, its nature, which compels you to skip at least one meal in a day makes you consume lesser calories than the regular meal pattern. Which, succinctly, is just the same as what my previous article states which is the calorie-restriction approach. So no doubt, it would really work and make you lose weight.
Aside from weight-loss, there are also certain health claims that IF has, such as reduced blood lipid levels and pressure, risk of cancer, regulated blood sugar, and many more. In this regard, I am still skeptical to these claims for now since most IF researches were done on animals. Since these researches can be considered as premature to date, these claims would remain open-ended until a throng of established human experiments arise.
Here’s the thing, I am not dismissing this approach as a potential weight-loss and wellness wonder. In fact, I am really hopeful that IF’s promised effects are indeed, effective. Even though various anecdotes are asserting that IF worked really well with regards to their overall health, established scientific methods are still necessary to help prove that IF itself was the reason why they ended on much better health status, minus the external influences. But for now, all that we can do is to keep our fingers crossed.
You might ask me: would I recommend this? You might not usually hear this from a dietitian, but it’s up to you. But as what I was always telling to my clients and readers, make sure to ask the expert on the matter, in this case, your doctor, before pursuing this method since not all people are allowed to fast, more so, for an extended period of time.