Losing Weight Through Fasting: Myth or Truth?
There is a misconception that the fasting helps to lose weight. The truth is, resorting to fasting will have serious negative consequences on the health. A sudden and drastic reduction of intake may help to reduce the weight initially, but at the end, it proves to be counterproductive.
Due to fasting body will be deprived of essential daily nourishment leading to a slowdown in the metabolism and other routine processes. Lack of supply makes the body to switch to conservation mode. The consequence of this would be burning far fewer calories than normal and causing easy accumulation of fats.
True, when the intake is reduced the weight loss can occur, but that’s a risky way of trying to lose weight, for the consequences associated with it. As it also slows down metabolism, burning calories will be reduced and makes it easier to gain the weight, often more than what is lost. Also, the subsequent weight gain may be of mostly fat and it becomes even more challenging to lose weight.
Apart from this, a range of complications may arise for fasting. These include dizziness, weakness, muscle pain, low blood sugar, and headache. Fasting for long will lead to reduced immunity, anemia, kidney and liver related problems.
For all the associated consequences, fasting can never be a means to lose weight. Those who try doing it only risking their health and well being. The ideal way to lose weight is to follow a well-balanced diet. Right diet combined with some sort of physical activity help to gain a healthy and toned body. It will also have a lasting impact on overall wellbeing.
M.Sc. (Dietetics and Food Service Management). Passionate about sharing the healthy & balanced lifestyle needs to be followed in today’s era. Determined to motivate people more about their health & nutrition, by analyzing their dietary concerns and daily life challenges.