Expert advice, Nutrition
Make The Most Of Intermittent Fasting

Dr. Lakshmi K

Food Scientist

3 min read

 

Make the Most of Intermittent Fasting
For millennia, we have been fasting for many reasons. Some of these choices are either influenced by our religions or personal gains like losing weight. While fasting has always been around, it has now gained more momentum. Fasting has become more of a necessity and a way of life for millenials, because intermittent fasting fits the bill perfectly for losing weight. Let’s take the festivals or spiritual months we celebrate in India. Well, intermittent fasting is no different. During Shivratri, Ramzan, Karvachauth or Lent many of us fast, as a token of UR spiritual devotion or to give back in some form of way.
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is basically an eating pattern/style which cycles between the period of fasting and eating. This has rapidly become a phenomenon globally among millennials, as they are always on-the-go. This style of fasting is less of a diet plan and more of a lifestyle choice for many. Following an intermittent diet can help you reap incredible health benefits, and lose weight simultaneously! Many research-based studies prove that it can help with weight loss, improve your metabolic health and help you live a wholesome life if you do it right.
Intermittent Fasting & The Binge Eating Connect
Yes, it is possible to overeat when you aren’t used to fasting for long hours or when UR unaware of how to do it correctly. This is another reason for you to consult our nutritionist. Peer pressure can also be one of the reasons why you or someone you know might want immediate results. But, it is extremely important to consult a nutritionist before changing UR diet. This type of fasting can be tough to adapt to if you have diabetes, thyroid or had an eating disorder in the past.
Variations of Intermittent Fasting
Circadian rhythm – This fast starts at sunset and lasts till morning.
16:8 – A 16 hour fast with an 8 hour feeding window.
18:6 – An 18 hour fast with a 6 hour feeding window.
20: 4 Intermittent – A 20 hour fast with a 4 hour feeding window.
36 hour fast – A single 36 hour fast, otherwise known as ‘Monk Fast’.
Custom Fast – Create UR own fast up to 7 days long with the help of our nutritionists.
Before starting any variation of intermittent fasting above, we suggest you consult our nutritionist to find out the most ideal diet plan for you.
Pros Of Intermittent Fasting
● Helps with weight loss by improving UR metabolic rate
● Promotes cellular repair processes
● Increases longevity and slows down early ageing
● Enhances memory and brain function
● Makes UR body cells more resilient
Restrictions for Intermittent Fasting
Sometimes adapting to a new dietary pattern could be challenging for someone who eats every few hours (e.g., snacks in between meals), which is perfectly normal if you control UR food portions, smartly. Not eating for long hours or semi-starvation can make you vulnerable to health risks or cause you to overeat when you break-your-fast.
Who Should Avoid Intermittent Fasting
● Individuals with diabetes and thyroid
● People with eating disorders such as; anorexia or bulimia nervosa
● Anyone who is on medications who requires food intake should avoid intermittent fasting as per their doctor’s advice
● During active growth stage in adolescents
● Pregnant women and breastfeeding women
● Post-surgery patients
● Individuals with a Body Mass Index of less than 18.5%

For a millennia, we have been fasting for many reasons. Some of these choices are either influenced by our religions or personal gains like losing weight. While fasting has always been around, it has now gained more momentum. Fasting has become more of a necessity and a way of life for millenials, because intermittent fasting fits the bill perfectly for losing weight. Let’s take the festivals or spiritual months we celebrate in India. Well, intermittent fasting is no different. During Shivratri, Ramzan, Karvachauth or Lent many of us fast, as a token of UR spiritual devotion or to give back in some form of way.

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What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is basically an eating pattern/style which cycles between the period of fasting and eating. This has rapidly become a phenomenon globally among millennials, as they are always on-the-go. This style of fasting is less of a diet plan and more of a lifestyle choice for many. Following an intermittent diet can help you reap incredible health benefits, and lose weight simultaneously! Many research-based studies prove that it can help with weight loss, improve your metabolic health and help you live a wholesome life if you do it right.

Intermittent Fasting & The Binge Eating Connect

Yes, it is possible to overeat when you aren’t used to fasting for long hours or when UR unaware of how to do it correctly. This is another reason for you to consult our nutritionist. Peer pressure can also be one of the reasons why you or someone you know might want immediate results. But, it is extremely important to consult a nutritionist before changing UR diet. This type of fasting can be tough to adapt to if you have diabetes, thyroid or had an eating disorder in the past.

Many research-based studies prove that intermittent fasting can help with weight loss, improve your metabolic health and help you live a wholesome life.

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Variations of Intermittent Fasting

Circadian rhythm – This fast starts at sunset and lasts till morning. 

16:8 – A 16 hour fast with an 8 hour feeding window. 

18:6 An 18 hour fast with a 6 hour feeding window. 

20: 4 Intermittent – A 20 hour fast with a 4 hour feeding window.

36 hour fast – A single 36 hour fast, otherwise known as ‘Monk Fast’.

Custom fast Create UR own fast up to 7 days long with the help of our nutritionists.

Pros Of Intermittent Fasting

Helps with weight loss by improving UR metabolic rate.
Promotes cellular repair processes.
Increases longevity and slows down early ageing.
Enhances memory and brain function.
Makes UR body cells more resilient.

Restrictions for Intermittent Fasting

Sometimes adapting to a new dietary pattern could be challenging for someone who eats every few hours (e.g., snacks in between meals), which is perfectly normal if you control UR food portions, smartly. Not eating for long hours or semi-starvation can make you vulnerable to health risks or cause you to overeat when you break-your-fast.

Who Should Avoid Intermittent Fasting

Individuals with diabetes and thyroid.
People with eating disorders such as; anorexia or bulimia nervosa.
Anyone who is on medications who requires food intake should avoid intermittent fasting as per their doctor’s advice.
During active growth stage in adolescents.
Pregnant women and breastfeeding women.
Post-surgery patients.
Individuals with a Body Mass Index of less than 18.5%.

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