Obesity and being overweight are major concerns in the 21st century. Although there are different factors associated with those problems in people, poor diet is a major contributor. Physicians are concerned with the rise of obesity in our society and the misinformation about diets and other practices like Intermittent Fasting, which can sometimes pose a health risk. A report by JamesClear.com provided a lot of the information in this article.

Fasting is a practice that people have been doing for a long time, especially for religious reasons.

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However, the interest in food restriction regimes has been increasing due to the publications of books that promote their uses to Lose Weight and improve the metabolic health. Although some diehard fitness fans have been talking about this topic and its benefits, the truth is that the scientific evidence in humans is poor. Coming up next in this article, you will find useful information if you are interested in starting with an intermittent fasting regime for Losing Weight.

Intermittent fasting and its effects. - [image source: Karithina / Flickr]
Intermittent fasting and its effects. - [image source: Karithina / Flickr]

The science behind intermittent fasting

Currently, many people are struggling to get fit and improve their health condition; some of them have seen intermittent fasting as a good option to achieve their goals. Some tests in animals have shown excellent results in preventing obesity and reducing the risk of suffering chronical diseases like diabetes or some kinds of cancer.

Intermittent fasting to lose weight

Intermittent fasting consists of avoiding the intake of food during a period of time to obtain some health benefits such as burning calories and losing weight.

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It is important to be aware that intermittent fasting by itself is not enough for losing weight; this has to go along with calorie restriction and exercise. However, people should look for the advice of a professional in this area because they could develop side effects such as malnutrition, muscle loss, and, in severe cases, anemia.

16/8 method

Although there are many kinds of intermittent fasting, the most popular among people for losing weight is the 16/8 method.

It means 16 hours of fasting and a window of eight hours for eating the nutrients that the body needs. The objective of this period of fasting is to stimulate the use of fat as a source of energy and in this way lose body weight. Famous people like Hugh Jackman have shown incredible changes in their bodies using this method and since that moment many others have joined it.

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