How Safe is Intermittent Fasting, Really?

Fasting has become one of the many dietary crazes that have grown arms and legs in terms of popularity. For many people, the use of intermittent fasting has become a major part of their day-to-day lives. Intermittent fasting is something that many people use to try and lose weight, and it has become a major technique used by the rich and the famous. Yet, like many things that go ‘viral’ can it be trusted? Let’s take a quick look.

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Intermittent fasting is something that is being marketed as a way to lose weight and improve the mind all at once. However, while there are no studies so far that show intermittent fasting to be dangerous to a healthy person, it is not something that would be recommended to every person. Like any dietary technique, it is down to the individual: your current health could be impacted, positively or negatively, by intermittent fasting. It simply depends on the condition you are in before you begin.

Intermittent fasting, though, does have some risks. For one, if you are someone who has to take medication, you often need food in your belly before you can take it. If intermittent fasting means you cannot take your medication, then you are going to end up worse off for doing so. If you have any kind of health issue, it would be wise to speak to a doctor before you commit to intermittent fasting.

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What about age?

The same goes for older people, too. If you are above the age of 65, intermittent fasting can be dangerous to your health and your blood sugar. Given you will not be eating for as long as 16 hours, you can find that you are putting your body under a lot of negative strain.

If you are someone who has health issues, who is pregnant, and/or has a tendency for eating disorders, it might be better to avoid intermittent fasting. You also need to factor in the impact it has on your life. If you work a job that needs huge amounts of energy, you might find that fasting leaves you too bereft of zest to be able to get the job done.

So, intermittent fasting can be a good thing – but you have to understand its strengths and its risks. Make sure you speak to a medical professional before you start giving intermittent fasting a chance.