Is Intermittent Fasting Beneficial or Risky? Here’s What a Personal Trainer Has to Say by Cindy Thomas
Intermittent fasting is a very popular diet trend. In a nutshell, intermittent fasting is when you block off certain hours of the day to eat and to not eat. There are several fasting models, and the rigidity with which they are followed will vary from person to person.
For example, one model includes fasting for 16 hours and then eating normally for eight. There is also a 5/2 model even used by Jimmy Kimmel. With this model, you eat normally for five days and then eat only 500 to 600 calories per day on the other two.
As a personal trainer, I think it’s important to remember that food is energy. Our bodies rely on energy, especially during the day when we are most active! Fasting also shouldn’t give you a false “free pass” to eat any and everything in sight. It’s crucial to continue to make healthy meal choices.
So, while it may not be the best idea to skip meals during the day, it could very well be beneficial to set a cutoff time after dinner. Nighttime binging is a very common issue, and fasting from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. could knock out a lot of those empty calories so many of us indulge in!
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