The practice of fasting is causing a stir 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.
Among 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. This way 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 “intermittent fasting,” it is an eating program where periods of eating and periods of stopping eating alternate.
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 about starting fasting , you may have many questions.
Especially because 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.
This entire 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 for losing weight.
When you practice intermittent fasting, your body begins to use stored fat to give the body energy (ketogenesis) and, consequently, causes you to lose weight.
Myth 2: You will destroy muscle
False, during fasting the body begins to burn fat as 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 cannot even drink 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 feeding window
False, to achieve the benefits of intermittent fasting you must follow a balanced and healthy diet.
Myth 6: You don't perform during physical exercise
False, training on an empty stomach 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 greater anxiety and desperation when eating
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 everyone. If you have a chronic illness, you should consult your doctor and it is totally contraindicated for pregnant and breastfeeding women.