Have you heard of Intermittent Fasting? There are a couple different variations like 5:2 Diet which means a person has to fast 2 whole days in a week or time-based fasting (16 hours of fasting in a day from 11 am to 7pm).
Intermittent fasting is usually associated with weight loss, but you shouldn’t jump right into it without knowing the side effects.
Here are the pros and cons of skipping a meal.
1: Weight Loss
It is obvious that skipping meals can somehow make you lose a few pounds, but there’s a proper way to do it, and it should be approved by your doctor.
If you are skipping meals to restrict or punish yourself, that is an unhealthy choice to be making.” Brooke Alpert, RD, says that people who skip meals only to indulge later on in the day, or who get so hungry they end up overeating, aren’t going to see significant weight loss results—if any.
A 2017 study from The Journal of Nutrition found that the optimal way break your meals up during the day is to have a large breakfast, an average lunch about five to six hours later, and a long overnight fast.
2: Less Bloated
Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, a nutrition and wellness expert and author of Eating in Color explains that one positive effect of skipping meals can have is feeling less bloated. “Intermittent fasting gives your digestive system time to process the food that’s already in your body,” she says.
3: Brain Boost
According to Mark Mattson, PhD, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins and a leader in intermittent fasting research, found that because skipping meals reduces inflammation in the brain, cognition is improved.
4: Live Long
According to a 2018 study from Cell Metabolism, researchers found that male mice who were put on an increased fasting diet were healthier and lived longer overall than mice who ate more frequently.
The study also found that the mice who ate less ended up with less age-related diseases, like liver issues or metabolic disorders.