Is intermittent fasting suitable for everyone?
The fasting trend has been quite popular these days for several years. In intermittent fasting, you make sure to eat in a defined time window such as: 8 hours of eating a day, with the remaining 16 hours of fasting. The fast is also spread over the sleeping hours so that there is less fasting time during the hours when we are awake.
In this article I have collected information from various sources in order to explain the background to the intermittent fasting diet and to try to understand the advantages and disadvantages of this approach in order to answer the question – is intermittent fasting healthy? In most cases, intermittent fasting is a nutritional-interventional tool for treating urgent situations that require rapid intervention. When we are not dealing with urgent situations such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic diseases – intermittent fasting may cause hormonal deficiencies and problems in the long term. Sometimes the mistaken impression is created that during the eating window we get a “green light” to eat everything including junk food.
When is it recommended to experiment with intermittent fasting?
In conditions such as: obesity, type 2 diabetes and sub-diagnoses of these conditions such as shortness of breath and high blood pressure. These situations often require quick treatment and are very suitable for treating intermittent fasting. According to most studies, when we experience intermittent fasting in these situations, we see a sharp improvement in feelings, body weight and blood test indicators. Intermittent fasting is a very effective way of treating the problems that the American population suffers from in relatively high percentages compared to the rest of the world, therefore quite a few American nutrition stars advocate intermittent fasting. In the USA, the percentage of people suffering from obesity is one of the highest in the world. In a situation such as obesity, prolonged fasting will often cause a rapid physical change that will shock the system by depriving the body of food.
When is it wrong to experiment with intermittent fasting?
When we fast intermittently we put the body in a certain state of deficiency. Over time, prolonged fasts may burden the physiological system and this burden may be interpreted as stress by the body. Prolonged fasting helps the body enter a certain state of cleansing. During the fast, the body can devote itself to building and fusing cells, but when the fast is prolonged, a situation may arise that the body will not receive enough “building blocks” with the help of which it is supposed to build cells and regenerate tissues.
When I deprived my body of those “building blocks” for too long, I started to feel symptoms of hypothyroidism and then the blood tests confirmed it. Hypothyroidism appeared as a result of an energy crisis in which the body was unable to produce enough hormones to “rise” to the level of energy required for normal daily functioning. This crisis led me to the question: do I belong to a group in the population that would benefit from intermittent fasting? Is there any logic in saving necessary nutrients from the body when it asks for them? When you think about it, a successful hunter in the wild is the hunter who manages to get his hands on available and nutritious food for a long time and not the hunter who walks around for days without food.
Fast and temporary treatment
According to most protocols, after a specified period of time during which we performed intermittent fasting and if the weight we aimed for in the first place was reached, we would like to increase the number of daily meals and switch to an approach of eating until we are full. This is a process that can take time but little by little we would like to return the body to its true sense of hunger. In my experience, when the hormone balance stabilizes, the feelings of hunger and satiety also reflect more the body’s real need for food and energy.
What should you eat?
I try to eat the food most concentrated in nutrients in its most natural form and without added catalysts and antibiotics. Personally, I believe in consuming carbohydrates from natural sources, but it is important to remember to limit carbohydrates in a smart way, especially when it comes to conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
After the end of the initial intervention phase with the help of intermittent fasting, it is advisable to deal with the rehabilitation of the body and try to provide it with all the nutrients required for normal physical function. I usually consume most of the nutrients at the beginning of the day until about noon until 3:00 pm and later in the day until I go to sleep I start to gradually decrease the amounts of food and the concentration of food.
An example of such a day: about two hours after getting up in the morning I do not eat. By noon I eat about 70% of the daily quota of offal, red meat and natural dairy products. When fruits are needed, I add some of them in controlled quantities. The next meal will usually be in the evening and will include red meat with eggs and butter so that I reach about 25% more of my daily quota. Between meals I eat small amounts of unsweetened fruit or real whole milk dairy products which make up the remaining 5%. Another important detail is that I make sure to arrange my day so that 4 hours before bed I do not eat food loaded with nutrients such as meat, internal organs, dairy products and foods high in carbohydrates.
There are situations that require immediate and effective nutritional intervention and in which it is advisable to take an intermittent fasting approach while monitoring the changes. In most protocols for an intermittent fasting approach, it is written that the safest way to perform intermittent fasting is to perform it for a specified period while being monitored by a professional. During this period it is recommended to pay attention to the changes that the body undergoes and follow the changes in the relevant indicators in the blood tests. When the body begins to balance and recover, it is recommended to consult with the professional accompanying you to adapt the way of eating to the new situation in order to help the body in the recovery process as much as possible. In order to help the body in the rebuilding process, it is useful to add to some of our meals the most nutrient-rich foods that nature has to offer – the animal’s internal organs. Organs are the most nutrient-dense food on Earth. As in the famous photographs of National Geographic where the lion bites the live prey directly in the liver to get the most concentrated and nutritious organ in its freshest form or when a killer whale hunts a shark and bites directly into the liver of the shark. Evolution is smarter than all of us.
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