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Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Diet

Intermittent fasting weight loss diet has become very popular in the recent years because of the many benefits you receive including losing weight.

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Diet
Intermittent fasting weight loss diet Photo by health.harvard.edu

According to a new study, the intermittent fasting weight loss diet can boost your health.

“The state of the science on intermittent fasting has evolved to the point that it now can be considered as one approach, with exercise and healthy food, to improving and maintaining health as a lifestyle approach,” said senior author Mark Mattson, a neuroscientist with Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

Add fasting into your diet plan

There are two ways that you can add intermittent fasting into your lifestyle:

First, there is time-restricted diets that allow you to have a small eating window, usually six to eight hours a day.

Next, there is the 5:2 intermittent fasting weight loss diet. This diet suggests you eat one normal sized meal on two days each week.

What happens when you fast?

When individuals are fasting, they are burning through the glucose stored in their liver slowly, according to Mattson. Glucose is basically sugar that is stored for energy.

“It takes 10 to 12 hours to use the liver’s energy stores,” Mattson said. “Then what happens is, fats are used for energy.”

This process is called “metabolic switching,” and the three-meals-a-day eating pattern favored by Americans doesn’t allow their bodies to run through their liver’s energy stores and make the switch to fat-burning, Mattson said. I used to eat three meals a day myself but now, I can eat only one meal per day on some days and be good.

Benefits of intermittent fasting weight loss

Research has shown that intermittent fasting can control blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol and improve brain health.

Another reason people love this diet is because there are no restrictions on what you eat. You are only focusing on your timing between meals. This does not mean junk food or whatever you want either.

Intermittent fasting weight loss is historical

Fasting goes way back in history during the hunter-gatherer era because food was scarce and you never knew when the next meal will be coming. There was no choice but to eat your food wisely and sufficiently.

How to start time-restricted feeding?

People can begin by fasting one time per week, with one meal on that day. Then, they can increase it to two days per week the next month.

I can honestly say that it will be uncomfortable at first like any other major change, but after a few weeks, your body will adjust to it.

Also, it can take a few weeks for you to start seeing any weight loss or health benefits so don’t expect instant results. It took me about two weeks to notice any results when I started my intermittent fasting weight loss diet.

The bottom line

Fasting is one of the most popular weight loss diets that is proven to work with several studies to back it up.  Not only can fasting help you lose weight but it can improve your brain health, lower cholesterol levels and control your blood pressure and glucose levels. If you looking to live a healthy lifestyle, then it may be worth it to try the intermittent fasting weight loss diet.

Source: Thompson, D. “’Intermittent Fasting’ Diet Could Boost Your Health” www.webmd.com December 26 2019

Weight Loss Surgery for Severely Obese Children

Weight loss surgery has typically been seen as a procedure for adults with severe obesity who have not been able to lose weight or maintain weight loss. Now, pediatricians are pushing weight loss surgery for severely obese children and kids.

Weight loss surgery for severely obese children
Weight loss surgery for severely obese children Photo by Fitness for Health

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, bariatric and metabolic surgery should be viewed as a safe treatment for children with severe obesity. Also, the procedure should be covered by insurance for young adults. There are of course certain requirements that have to be met before the procedure is considered qualified.

Half of the US is overweight

It is scary enough to have more than half of adults in the United States overweight or obese, but now the children are facing the same crisis. I can only image how difficult as a child it would be to achieve weight loss if he or she is overweight when us adults are having a hard time ourselves. The weight loss does not stop after surgery; you must continue to live a healthy lifestyle.

Weight loss takes hard work!

“If you’re going to choose to do this surgery, you have to change your lifestyle. This surgery is not just ‘here’s a fix.’ You have to do most of the work, and the surgery is just a little bit of help,” Feinstein, who underwent a gastrectomy last year when she was 18 to treat her severe obesity said. “You have to be mentally ready for it.”

Weight loss surgery of severely obese kids

The AAP policy statement mentioned that young patients who had gastric bypass experienced an average weight loss of twenty-seven percent and fixed their obesity related health issues within three years. I believe these are pretty good results especially if the children were able to maintain the weight.

Like any other procedure, weight loss surgery has its risks as well, so the AAP definitely has to be mindful when it comes to children. I am sure they have done their research and have evidence of the pros and cons. If the reward is far greater than the risk, then I can understand why weight loss surgery for severely obese kids and children would be considered.