I wish you all a wonderful, but again much too hot for me, August-Summerday.
Let us talk again about interval fasting. Today part three.
As a small reminder Part One: general introduction to the topic
Part Two: the most common methods briefly explained
Who may fast? For whom is it unsuitable? Are there any pitfalls, if so, what are they?
There are always people who want to make their own opinion universally valid for all and generalize the whole thing.
That is far from my mind. I know several diabetics who fast very strictly 16:8 and have considerable success with it, also in the health area. I know of non-diabetics who fast very strictly 16:8 and where nothing happens. Neither weight loss, nor improvement of health, nothing.
This is simply because every body is different, even if anatomically perhaps the same, but even that is not really so. Where one person may already have no gallbladder, the adrenal glands or thyroid gland may not be working the next, and so on.
So you can’t say in general, this or that person must not fast at all, because there are enough methods nowadays, that everybody can find the right one for him – even with medical or therapeutic help.
It is always important that you listen to your body and if it says „stop“ then you stop (for now).
Pregnant women should not, of course, be prepared to diet or fast for a longer period if the gynaecologist or midwife does not advise it. There are also pregnant women who should not gain weight, especially if they already have a very high initial weight. In this case, however, the whole thing is done under medical supervision anyway.
In my experience, breastfeeding is no obstacle if you choose the shorter and simpler fasting methods. Breastfeeding mothers usually only want to lose weight when they notice that the often quoted belief „if you breastfeed, you lose weight all by yourself“ is somehow not true for them. I can sing more than one song about that. Which is why I was already engaged in short-term fasting at the time.
The real problem is often that you don’t listen to yourself and your gut feeling, but always ask others first and they then often, all in all, simply advise against it.
Children and fasting
Most children are slim by nature and very active, so fasting is completely unnecessary.
If you are already overweight at a higher age, you will probably have to see a pediatrician first, who often refers you to a nutritional coach.
I was there with my daughter and fasting for children, is cancelled. Even with overweight. You should try to get back to normal weight by taking more exercise and choosing more nutrients.
Which, for example, does not work at all with my daughter. But you can actually try to create meal breaks in which access to the refrigerator is blocked, as stupid as that sounds. And to take the nightly meal break as a meal break, too. And in the evening, just leave out sweets and nibbles, and not replace them with anything else.
The main problem of most people is not the regular food, but that they constantly put something in their mouth. Sometimes a few nuts here, then a candy bar. With every coffee a few small snacks. At the computer a few salt sticks, while driving a car the sweet thing might lie on the passenger seat.
One thing you can learn from fasting is that constant food is wrong for everyone. Not only dentists and dental assistants pray that probably day by day. Also all the nutrition experts know this.
Eating constantly or constantly „something small“ puts our body under enormous stress. It is practically constantly in working mode and that for years.
At some point, this takes its revenge, not only through overweight.
Especially when you consider that the largest number of people have also given up on simply drinking water. Go to a big beverage market and look around. Sugar everywhere…
Eating less won’t help if I drink two litres of sugar water a day. That would be a trap.
I may not need to count calories and weigh my food, but I should still think about WHAT I eat, WHEN I eat and WHAT I drink!
We have to find back to what our body really needs and that is basically water for adults! Not coloured water with chemicals and sugar or chemical sugar substitutes.
Another pitfall of fasting is to shovel unrestrainedly into oneself during the eating phase, thinking „I’ve earned this or I’m going to indulge myself“.
This may go well for a while, but in fact it’s revenge.
We have to find back to what our body really needs and that is basically water for adult people! Non-colored water with chemicals and sugar or chemical sugar substitutes.
Another pitfall of fasting is to shovel unrestrainedly into oneself during the eating phase, thinking „I’ve earned that or I’ll treat myself to it.
This may go well for a while, but actually takes its revenge by gaining weight instead of losing it.
I’m talking about normal people who are not into extreme sports. A strength athlete or professional athlete has completely different primes and his advisors, who tell him exactly what to eat and when to stop eating.
I assume that these people have no need to read such a blog. After all, I am more likely to read about how these people manage to get to a competitive level in terms of their fat content. I admit that I have never managed any of this. Such a high body fat loss. On the other hand, I’ve never had the desire to do it either.
Since my body weight is normally only 52 kg.
We’ll continue with part four tomorrow.
What’s that about? I think, let’s find out a little history on the subject of fasting. Okay?
See you tomorrow then.
Take a look to the previous storys and fasting blogs for more info.
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