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Myths behind Intermittent Fasting

Like most diets, some myths can ruin the experience of the diet and cause people not to get the most benefits from it. Let’s look at a few of these myths, but let’s also remember that your doctor or a nutritionist is the best source of information regarding your diet, based on your health concerns.

You Must Eat Breakfast

There are no studies that show eating breakfast is beneficial to anyone on any type of diet. However, having said that, some studies show making your eating window earlier in the day assists with weight loss. That doesn’t mean it has to be breakfast. If you’re more comfortable starting at lunch, that might be “breakfast” for you.

Small Meals Boost Metabolism

For many years we’ve listened to this myth without realizing it’s just not true. There are no studies that show eating smaller and more frequent meals is helpful for anything, although there are studies that show it can be bad on your digestion. People need to be hungry to eat so that their body can break down the food with the right stomach acid.

You’ll Feel Like You’re Starving

Yes, you’ll be hungry on fasting days, and you may even get hungry (or think you are) on non-fasting days. However, hunger isn’t even bad for you. You cannot starve by not eating for 16 hours, and your body is never going to think it’s staving either. When you become accustomed to it, you will learn what real hunger should feel like.

You Can Eat All You Want

While you can eat a good amount during your eating windows, you cannot eat “all you want” because that could mean all sorts of things. Dr. Atkins once stated on an interview on a talk show that he had no idea that people would think he meant you could eat “unlimited food” when he said “eat all you want” of these foods. So, to be clear, you can eat what you want but make it healthy, and do not eat more than your maximum calorie needs or less than the minimum caloric needs you have.

You’ll Decrease Your Metabolism

This myth comes from the idea of starvation mode setting in and making your body hold on to calories. This really doesn’t happen, unless you’re engaging in yo-yo dieting which involves losing a lot, then gaining it back. However, even then if you eat fewer calories than your body uses you will not hang on to weight. It’s science.

You’ll Lose Muscle

Yes, if you fast for a long period of time, you’d lose muscle, but the truth is you really only need to eat when you are truly hungry, and people are not truly hungry every four hours; it’s more like 8 to 16 hours. Knowing this, it makes no sense to think this plan will make you lose muscle.

You’ll Overeat When Intermittent Fasting

Some people do, but overall most people understand how the diet works and do not overeat. One study of 33 women and men on the 16:8 plan after being told to eat “all you want” tended to eat about 350 calories less each day.

You’ll Be Malnourished

It’s impossible to be malnourished if you’re eating healthy food on an intermittent fasting plan. You’re going to get plenty of food and nutrition, so this will not be an issue at all. If you are losing weight too fast, you can adjust your plan and the food that you eat.

The thing to take away here is that you need to avoid making up your own diet when following the intermittent diet. Find an expert to follow or hire a coach to help you stick to everything in the right way.

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 Posted on : 06/09/2019

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