Dr. Jim discusses some common myths of intermittent fasting.
Hi! Dr. Jim here, talking with you today to debunk common Intermittent Fasting myths.
As a weight loss strategy, Intermittent Fasting also known as IF, has gained wide popularity.
There is a wealth of information out there on how to get started with intermittent fasting, so today I’d like to spend a couple minutes discussing common misconceptions.
Myth #1: Intermittent Fasting is a miracle weight loss cure and is good for everyone.
False! There is no miracle to weight loss. It’s simple. What we put in our mouths cannot be greater than the calories we use, otherwise it is stored as fat and weight is gained.
There are many benefits to Intermittent Fasting, however it is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and anyone who is underweight or has a history of an eating disorder. A good rule of thumb: consult your healthcare provider to see if Intermittent Fasting is right for you.
Myth #2: IF means skipping breakfast and eating whatever you want.
False! Although many who practice Intermittent Fasting schedule their eating periods later in the day, the strategy is not just about skipping breakfast. Eating periods are scheduled to fit individual lifestyles.
Myth #3: You can eat any amount or anything you want during your eating window.
False. A healthy diet is careful with calories and balanced in whole grains, lean meats, veggies, fruits, and healthy fats. Occasional treats might be enjoyed but consumed in moderation.
Myth #4: During IF mental focus and alertness are impaired.
Any time a change in diet occurs, a brief period of adjustment usually follows.
Myth #5: Intermittent Fasting slows metabolism.
False. Studies show that IF increases metabolism in most individuals, which is a significant reason it works to promote weight loss. Fasting keeps levels of metabolically significant hormones high and increases metabolic flexibility, allowing metabolism to adjust more rapidly to consumed fuel sources (fats or carbs).
Myth #6 IF throws your body into starvation mode.
Most Intermittent Fasting routines recommend defined eating periods within a 24-hour window. For example, eating only between 12:00 and 8:00pm each day. Short term fasting does not trigger so called “starvation mode” and it is advisable to talk with your healthcare provider before extending fasting duration beyond a day.
Thank you for watching. I hope this clarifies some of the myths surrounding Intermittent Fasting. Please remember to like this presentation and subscribe to Be Healthy! Be Happy! with Dr. Jim on YouTube. And power your path to happiness!