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Problematic Dietary Guidelines

  • Dietary guidelines, which came in the 1970s, instructed people to cut the fat from their diet, and increase the carbohydrates. Eating more of bread and sugar has contributed significantly to the obesity crisis thereafter.
  • The concept of the 'anytime and anything' diet is courtesy the snack-food companies and dietitians/doctors who advised us to eat multiple times a day. This is a big contributor to the obesity crisis along with the rise in Diabetes.

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Several new studies are claiming that restricting our meals, and not eating post-afternoon, has some remarkable benefits.

Limiting our eating has produced miraculous results in these studies, where insulin levels of the body along with insulin resistance, dropped due to the semi-fasting.

Eating in your last meal of the day in the afternoon results in a 16 to 18 hour fast, which can significantly boost your health, according to research.

The tests also show that it is not hard to fast in the evening, and green tea, coffee etc. can help as a fasting aid.

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What Intermittent fasting is

Intermittent fasting is based on the idea that when you reduce your calorie intake for limited stretches of time, your body will use its stored fat for energy. Intermittent fasting has many health benefits, including losing weight.

There is no one way to do intermittent fasting. There is the 5:2 diet, which means eating very few calories for two days of the week, followed by five days of normal eating. Or the alternate-day fasting, which means eating normally for one day, then either nothing or just 500 calories the next.

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  • Hunger is the most common side effect of intermittent fasting. 
  • Constipation is common. Less going in means less going out. Standard laxatives can be used to help.
  • Headaches are common and tend to disappear after the first few times on fasts.
  • Mineral water may help if your stomach tends to gurgle.
  • Other possible side effects include dizziness, heartburn and muscle cramps
  • Daily Intermittent Fasting: 16–hour fast followed by an 8–hour eating period. 
  • Weekly Intermittent Fasting: One of the best ways to get started with it - do it once per week.
  • Alternate Day Intermittent Fasting: incorporates longer fasting periods on alternating days throughout the week.