CosBeauty Magazine #85

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Fasting ‘easier than

traditional dieting’

stomach acid, which digests food and

destroys bacteria. But smelling food or

even thinking about it during fasting

periods can trigger the brain into

telling the stomach to produce more

acid, leading to heartburn.

According to 5:2 Diet advocate

Dr Michael Mosley, intermittent

fasting is not recommended for people

with the following conditions:

• Being underweight

• Eating disorders

• Type 1 diabetes

• Type 2 diabetes that is controlled

by medication

• Pregnancy (or women

breastfeeding)

• Recent surgery

• Mental heath conditions

• Fever or illness

• Conditions where Warfarin

is prescribed

Negative feelings and behaviours

reported by Dr John Berardi in his

book Experiments with Intermittent

Fasting include:

• Changes in mood

• Extreme hunger

• Low energy

• Obsessive thoughts about food

• Binge eating behaviour

And Medical News Today

noted people interested in trying

intermittent fasting ‘should consider

whether or not it will work with their

lifestyle. Fasting stresses the body, so

it may not be beneficial for people

already dealing with significant

stressors’. CBM

US nutritionist Dr John Berardi

tried six different intermittent

fasting plans over six months

and published his results in

the book Experiments with

Intermittent Fasting.

Over those six months he:

• Dropped 20 pounds of weight

(from 190 pounds to 170 pounds);

• Reduced his body fat from 10

per cent to four per cent (while

maintaining most of his lean

muscle mass).

Importantly, he noted:

‘I accomplished the goals

I set for myself in a way that was

easier and less time consuming than

“traditional” dieting.’

Berardi summed up his four

key findings:

1. Trial fasting is a great way to

practice managing hunger. ‘This

is an essential skill for anyone who

wants to get in shape and stay

healthy and fit.’

2. More regular fasting isn’t

objectively better for losing body

fat. ‘While my IF experiments

worked quite well, the

intermittent fasting approach

(bigger meals, less frequently)

didn’t produce better fat loss

than a more conventional diet

approach (smaller meals, more

frequently) might have.’

3. More regular fasting did make it

easier to maintain a lower body

fat percentage. ‘Intermittent

fasting isn’t easy. However, I did

find that using this approach

made it easier for me to maintain

a low body weight and a very

low body fat percentage vs more

conventional diets.’

4. Intermittent fasting can work, but

it’s not for everyone, nor does

it need to be. ‘In the end, IF is

just one approach, among many

effective ones, for improving

health, performance, and body

composition.’

Berardi says his results found

that ‘intermittent fasting can

be helpful for in-shape people

who want to really get lean

without following conventional

bodybuilding diets, or for

anyone who needs to learn the

difference between body hunger

and mental hunger.’

However he also explains that

successful nutrition plans,

‘whether they use smaller, more

frequent meals or larger, less

frequent meals all share a few

commonalities’.

These include:

• Controlling calories. When

calories are controlled, progress is

made. ‘Whether you control them

by eating frequent small meals or

infrequent larger meals is

up to you.’

• Focusing on food quality. Fresh,

unprocessed, nutrient-dense food

is a must, regardless of which

eating style you adopt.

• Regular exercise. Exercise is a

critical part of the equation.

Berardi concludes: ‘Once those

three have been taken care of, it’s a

matter of personal preference and

lifestyle considerations.’

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