What is intermittent fasting and who is it recommended for?

Intermittent fasting is becoming more and more fashionable, we see it in social networks, articles and in many recommendations to be in shape this summer. But do you know what intermittent fasting is? Do you know if it is recommended for everyone or if there is any scientific evidence of its benefits? As you have asked us, at Beatfit we wanted to investigate to give you an answer ;) Fasting consists of not eating solid and liquid food for a certain period. In the case of intermittent fasting , known internationally as Intermittent fasting (IF), it is encouraged to reduce the intake of solid foods several days a week and in a ratio of 16/8. This means that for 16 hours in a row we should not eat any food (coinciding with the hours we sleep) and in the following 8 hours we can distribute the meals of the day. An example would be:
  • We finish dinner at 10:00 p.m.
  • We do not eat any solid food and no caloric drink in 16 hours, that is, until 2:00 p.m.
  • At 2:00 p.m. we eat as normal
  • We can have a snack, for example, at 5:30 p.m.
  • We have dinner at 9:00 p.m. and start again
Fasting does not have to mean having a hard time if the body gets used to it correctly and it can provide multiple benefits such as:
  • Weight loss and body fat
  • Increased fat burning
  • Decreased insulin and blood sugar levels
  • Possible improvement of lucidity and concentration
  • Potential energy boost
And seen like this it seems wonderful, but is it for everyone? The answer is no, it is not. Although several studies have shown that you lose weight and body fat, you can also suffer side effects, such as loss of muscle mass, with the possibility of causing physical deterioration in old age. Each woman is different, each person performs a different physical activity, which is why at Beatfit we recommend eating healthy and in the event that you want to do this practice more continuously, we recommend that you put yourself in the hands of a professional who can help you. advise