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Intermittent Fasting Myths

Mitos del ayuno intermitente

The practice of fasting is causing a furor on social networks because it is a super boom for losing weight and obtaining many other healthy benefits. Some are tempted to do it, but there are several intermittent fasting myths that confuse and discourage anyone.

Between so much information, you get defenders and retractors. Therefore, here we are going to give several reasons, supported by science, why fasting is a safe, healthy and convenient practice. So you can make a better informed decision.

What is the practice of fasting about?

Fasting has been practiced since ancient times in different cultures and religions, such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Also known as ā€œintermittent fastingā€, it is an eating program where you alternate periods when you eat and periods when you stop eating.

It is a flexible routine for any lifestyle that has multiple advantages and visible results.

In fact, an article published by the England Journal of Medicine (NEJN) states that this practice can become another healthy habit in people's lives, based on simple modifications in daily habits.

Intermittent Fasting Myths

If you are thinking of starting a fast , you may have many questions.

Especially since it has always been said that you should eat at least 5 times a day or that breakfast is the most important meal, among many other beliefs.

All this matrix of opinion has generated the following myths:

Myth 1: If you practice intermittent fasting you will gain weight

False, studies indicate that intermittent fasting helps burn fat and is one of the best procedures to lose weight.

When you practice intermittent fasting, your body begins to use stored fat to give the body energy, (ketogenesis) and, consequently, it makes you lose weight.

Myth 2: You are going to destroy the muscle

False, during fasting the body begins to burn fat for fuel and not muscle as occurs in other weight loss diets.

Myth 3: It decreases energy and attention

False, with this practice you improve performance and attention because it favors the regenerative process of your body, scientifically called autophagy. This renews your vitality, mental clarity and above all your energy.

Myth 4: You can not ingest even liquids during fasting

False, you can consume black coffee, tea, herbal infusions and mineral water; yes, without sugar or sweeteners.

Myth 5: You can eat anything during the eating window

False, to achieve the benefits of intermittent fasting you must follow a balanced and healthy diet.

Myth 6: You do not perform during physical exercise

False, training fasted helps you gain metabolic flexibility, and your body becomes more efficient when it comes to using glucose and fat during your workouts.

Myth 7: You feel more anxious and desperate to eat

False, this practice helps you recognize between real hunger and emotional hunger, making you improve your relationship with food, without being a slave to it.

It is important that you know that intermittent fasting is not indicated for all people. If you have a chronic disease, you should consult your doctor and it is totally contraindicated for pregnant and lactating women.

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