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When first talking about intermittent fasting, it’s important to understand just what it is, what the benefits may be, and why people choose to do it. Here is a breakdown of understanding intermittent fasting on a surface level.
Intermittent Fasting is the practice of taking long periods of time without eating.
There are different ways you can go about this. One way is to not eat for hours at a time every day while another way to fast is to go every other day without fasting at all, while fasting the entire day the next.
At times, intermittent fasting can be difficult but the rewards can be large. Here is a list of benefits that motivate people to get started with intermittent fasting.
When you consider how many different types of benefits you may get from intermittent fasting, it’s easy to see why it’s become such a popular health trend.
However, while there may seem to be many benefits, it’s important to note that these benefits may come with some risks involved, and oddly enough, tend to affect women’s health more than men’s. Here is a list of issues that have been associated with women who are attempting the new health and diet fad.
How Intermittent Fasting Affects Women
Put frankly, intermittent fasting can have a serious effect on women’s hormones, causing issues with reproductive hormones. This can cause even further issues with things like ovulation, metabolism and mood, and even some women reported seeing issues with their periods completely stopping, thus leading to not being able to get pregnant.
One of the reasons for this is because of the fact that scientists believed for many years that if a woman’s body fat percentage dipped below 11 percent, their hormones would drop and then cause their periods to stop. And while this may be somewhat true, it’s more important to understand that with lower fat, less lean bodies, you’ll see that their ovulation levels drop, which then leads to a lack of ability to conceive, rather than just stop the period all together. It is this factor directly that causes issues for women.
What Else Can Affect Women’s Weight Loss?
One of the most important factors to consider is the fact that when you’re not taking in as much energy as you’re expelling, you can see issues with weight loss, hormones, mood, and metabolism. And one of these factors that tends to quite the energy suck is stress.
Stress can be a huge strain on your body but there are some other factors such as:
While the signs of intermittent fasting seem bad, it’s actually just a matter of the fact that it just isn’t for everyone. Pregnant women, those with chronic stress issues, don’t often diet or exercise, those who don’t sleep well and those with a history of eating disorders should not try it. But for everyone else, it’s most certainly worth a shot.
When it comes to trying new diets, it’s important to make sure that you do your research. Stay tuned for our next blog in which we talk about the benefits of intermittent fasting and who would be best suited to try it out.