Intermittent Fasting

What is intermittent fasting? 

Fasting is the voluntary withholding of food for spiritual, health, or other reasons. This can be for any period of time, from a few hours up to days or even weeks on end. At its very core, fasting simply allows the body to burn off excess body fat. 

 

You can fast for as long or short as you like. Most common intermittent fasting involves daily fasting for 16 hours. You eat all your meals within an 8-hour time period and fast for the remaining 16 hours.  

Benefits 

Benefits include weight loss, increased energy, reversal of type 2 diabetes, improved mental clarity and concentration, increased growth hormone, reduction of blood cholesterol and inflammation. 

Who should NOT fast? 

You should not do intermittent fasting if you are: 

  • Underweight (BMI < 18.5) 
  • Pregnant – you need extra nutrients for your child 
  • Breastfeeding – you need extra nutrients for your child 
  • A child under 18 – you need extra nutrients to grow 

For any further advice, ask our Fitness team at SportsDock. 

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