Cyclic fasting is a new kind of Fad diet, popular in the media and thanks to the endorsement of Jennifer Lopez and Hugh Jackman. To be honest, reputable medical journals also suggested that cyclic fasting may have health benefits. Studies have shown that this type of food helps to slow down the aging process, increase the ability to cope with stress and improve memory. Proponents of the diet point to these studies, but the main caveat is that very few of them were conducted in humans.
Doctors do not deny that in the short term, cyclical starvation will lead to weight loss. Dr. David Friedman, author of the book “Food Sanity: How to Eat in a World of Fads and Fiction” believes that by eating this diet, you simply starve yourself.
“Obviously, a cyclic fast will help you lose pounds. It's simple, ”notes Friedman. “However, when you do not consume food, your body begins to break down its own fat reserves, thereby absorbing itself. This condition is called ketosis. ”
He explains that during ketosis you begin to lose muscle mass and get very tired.
Dr. Susan Besser, a leading specialist in the field of family medicine, notes that any diet works in the short term, because caloric restriction leads to weight loss. But when a person returns to his usual gastronomic habits, those lost kilos are always restored. But Besser believes that cyclic starvation should be treated with caution.
“Constant changes in the amount of calories consumed“ confuse ”the body,“ explains Besser. “The body prefers a stable reception. If you are starving, your body understands that there is no available food from the outside and goes into energy conservation mode, slowing down the metabolism and stocking up leftover food. Then, when you start eating again, a completely confused body increases food intake, as you are not sure whether there will be another hunger strike soon. ”
David Friedman and Liz Weinandi also noted that our bodies are starving naturally for shorter periods of time. And it is beneficial. “I believe that we are starving every day,” says Friedman, “that is, from the time we last had our meals before bedtime to waking up and having breakfast, which is from 10 to 12 hours.”
“Almost every one of us can go hungry from 10 to 12 hours,” says Weinandi. It’s okay to have dinner at 7pm and have breakfast at 7am. So you do not eat late in the evening, which is very good for our waist.
When patients come to Weinandi for advice on fasting, she suggests a strategy “from 7 pm to 7 am”. She also recommends a diet that includes a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, lean protein and dairy products. "" Patients consume large amounts of nutrients and at the same time feed your body with energy throughout the day, "explains Weinandi.
Another simple fact: restrictive diets just do not work in the long term. 97% of people return their weight lost during the diet (and very often extra pounds are added). Instead of a diet, Besser proposes a more healthy lifestyle, which includes increased physical exertion and reduced portions. It is better to do everything in moderation than to limit yourself to food.
And although many foods are not very nutritious, there is no such food that in small quantities would cause harm to the body. So, do not hesitate to delight yourself with goodies in moderation. In fact, it will, on the contrary, help you restrain yourself from gluttony.