The dark side to intermittent fasting

The dark side to intermittent fasting

5 cons of intermittent fasting

In the last decade intermittent fasting has had a splurge of popularity. Although it is lauded as a viable alternative for traditional dieting, this weight loss technique also has a number of disadvantages that you should be aware of before choosing to incorporate it into your daily routine. Before delving into the cons lets first take a quick but detailed look at intermittent fasting.

So what is intermittent fasting?

Just as the name implies, this method of weight loss involves eating a normal diet for some time followed by occasional periods of fasting. The objective is to have elongated periods when the body is in a fed state and in a fasting state. Although this method has a number of benefits, it also has a few cons to watch out for. These include;

Intermittent fasting can lead to adrenal fatigue

This is a side effect of intermittent fasting that cause more harm than good to the human body. Adrenal fatigue is as a result of the adrenal glands functioning below the normal level. Persons suffering from adrenal fatigue have reduced stimulation levels and some become dependent on stimulants to help them jump start their day and keep then attentive and active during the day.

Adrenal fatigue increases stress levels meaning it can lead to disadvantageous side effects such as sleep disruption, abnormal weight gain and immune problems that make you susceptible to diseases. This is a side effect that mostly goes unnoticed.

Intermittent fasting can worsen the situation if taken on by a person with a history of eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia

This is the worst weight loss method for people who have had an eating disorder in the past as it can sometimes cause these past food issues to resurface or recur even if you had completely kicked the habit. This is why it is a total disaster for such individual.

Intermittent fasting can have disadvantageous side effects to an individual who adheres to rigorous and demanding work-out schedule

If you are an intending to take on a demanding exercise regimen then this is not a great method for you as working out while starving can be catastrophic. Working out when in fasting mode means you have to put your body through a lot of physical activity when you your energy levels are low and there is no food coming in. Numerous research studies have proved that working out in a fasting state can accelerate muscle breakdown.

Intermittent weight loss is a slow and gradual process

For this weight loss method to be successful, it has to be done consistently otherwise it will not be effective. Additionally, it does not produce noticeable results overnight, meaning you will have to do it for a long time before any noticeable weight loss. Ideally this is a great method to help maintain a healthy body weight.

How to overcome the cons

If you decide to select intermittent fasting as your weight loss protocol then you need to take the prerogative to take measures that can ensure you don’t fall victim to the cons.

  • If you have a history of eating disorders then there are a plethora of other weight loss methods that can work for you. However, if you are committed to using intermittent fasting then ask for medical advice and only do it under close medical supervision.
  • You need to try as much as possible to exhibit self control both when fasting and when eating. Caloric-ally rewarding yourself for fasting ‘successfully’ completely counteracts what you are trying to achieve which is weight loss. After fasting there should be no compensation, no special drinks or pills just your normal eating habit and portion. Fasting for hours does not give you permission to eat unhealthily.
  • Be consistent- since intermittent weight loss is long-term weight loss meal plan. This method is not a a quick fix to lose weight quickly.

Bottom-line, so should you fast?

There is sufficient evidence to prove that intermittent fasting works. If you realise that you have a tendency to overeat after fasting or you get light-headed and shaky while fasting then this weight loss method is not suitable for you. The trick is knowing your body and taking your time to select a weight-loss method that is tailored to meet your personal health needs.