As one of the most effective weight loss plans today, fasting has certainly stood the test of time, with the practice being one of the oldest. Throughout the years however, an increasing number of people have started putting their own spins to it, be it for the better or worse, with some actually getting recognized as a good dieting plan.
One such “spin” is intermittent fasting. Praised by celebrities and even tech moguls, intermittent fasting is defined as a dieting plan that continuously hovers from periods of eating and periods of not eating at all.
With some research backing it up, people state that intermittent fasting helps with energy, focus, and of course, weight loss.
But does it have cons as well? We took a look ourselves, and here are signs that intermittent fasting is probably doing you more harm than good:
- Can interrupt your sleep – Previously, people say that it can improve your sleep because it stops you from waking up in the middle of the night. However, a number of studies state that it can reduce the amount of REM sleep you get, which is important for improving your memory and learning.
- Can increase cortisol levels – Per research, intermittent fasting can reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. However, research also showed that depriving yourself of food can lead to high cortisol levels, which is our body’s stress hormone. High cortisol levels are also linked to fat storage.
- Hair loss and missed periods – In some cases, intermittent fasting can also lead to a calorie deficit in people that can lead to either missed periods or hair loss. It can also result low blood sugar.
- Can result to orthorexia – On its own, dieting can result to orthorexia, which is a condition that involves an unhealthy obsession to eating healthy. However, intermittent fasting can give rise to this more, due to its “on and off” nature.
- Decreased alertness – Per people, intermittent fasting keeps them focused and alert. However, studies are stating that this is simply the body entering a “starvation mode.” Over time, this will then lead to extreme fatigue, decreased alertness, dizziness and a general difficulty in concentrating.
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