In the quest to shed extra pounds, many people have turned to a practice that’s increasing in popularity:
intermittent fasting. This pattern of eating between designated hours not only aids in weight loss, but it also can offer additional health benefits.
“Intermittent fasting gives your body recovery time at the cellular level to recycle old cells into new proteins, and it helps you tap into stored fat for energy during fasting periods,” says CentraState bariatric surgeon Seun Sowemimo, MD. “Plus, it can improve mental clarity, gut health, blood sugar control and levels of helpful lipoproteins.”
Dr. Sowemimo recommends the following regimen:
- For five days a week, limit the eating window to 8 hours a day, preferably during daytime hours. Weekdays can be easiest, as they often coincide with a more consistent schedule.
- Ease in by moving mealtimes gradually to reach the 8-hour window. Some people prefer a 6-hour window.
- Take a break on the weekends!
While this approach can be safe and well-tolerated for most people, it may not be right for some – including children and teens, pregnant and breastfeeding women and people with diabetes or other medical issues. Check with your doctor before trying intermittent fasting.
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