The Pros and Cons of Intermittent Fasting

Fasting has become a hot topic recently.  Overall we’re not advocates of fasting for most people when it comes to aesthetic goals but we do recognise that it has a place with some people.

There’s been plenty of pro-fasting press recently so we thought we’d share an alternative view by posting a guest post by Charles Poliquin.

“Intermittent fasting is super trendy. Like any diet trend, it’s no surprise that there are drawbacks to the practice that will likely make it a passing fancy in both the fitness and general population. The use of sporadic eating patterns to lose fat can be effective, but that does NOT mean it is healthy, sustainable for the long term, or beneficial for athletes.

Experts and nonexperts in the field of nutrition and fitness recommend a variety of meal frequency or fasting methods—fasting every 16 hours, every 20 hours, all day, every other day, every third day, twice a week, once a week, once every other week, or just when you’re not hungry. The definition of “fasting” varies: In some cases it means eating green vegetables and berries when fasting, in others protein-carb drinks and oatmeal are suggested.

Now, many cultures/religions use fasting as a spiritual practice, however in the animal kingdom, no animal is known to fast voluntarily unless it is ill. In most cases, the same animal will consume plants to induce vomiting…..”

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