Know the opinion of experts on this fad diet.
fast for 16 hours why eat at intervals of 8 is one of the latest trends for reduce weight, It became a fashion as many celebrities and influencers started spreading it on their social networks. But is this diet healthy and effective? A nutritionist told us what’s involved and whether she recommends it.
Intermittent fasting diet advocates aim to lower insulin levels in the body to facilitate fat burning. They argue that primitive humans fasted for long periods of time because they could not find food easily. Therefore, it would be something “natural” that our body is already accustomed to.
“It’s a way of eating that has different types that can go from fasting for 10, 12, 14 or 16 hours. The longer it is, the smaller and more frequent the meals during the day. Breakfast is usually skipped. Lunch, breakfast and dinner are given.”There are also models of one or two days of fasting 24 hours a week,” explained Silvina Tasat, a member of the Argentine Nutrition Society.
The most popular is the 16:8 fasting diet, which can be done at different times. Many people prefer to eat between 12 noon and 8 pm, others prefer to eat between 9 am and 5 pm.
“Those who defend it say that during the entire period we are fasting, a process called autophagy takes place. As the word says, it is like ‘we eat ourselves’. This is how the body will be purified of some harmful substances”, said Tasat.
it is healthy?
For the nutritionist, an overnight fast is necessary and physiological because during this period the body “breaks down the structures of everything we eat during the day” to accommodate everything it needs within the body.
Increasing this rate more than normal can hinder the functioning of some vital organs like brain, liver, kidney and heart. It can also significantly affect people with certain pathologies such as gastritis – which produces stomach acid when there is no food to digest – and diabetes.
“This diet doesn’t give us the amount of glucose our brain needs to think, to build synapses. I don’t recommend it, I think it’s one of the fad diets. A healthy diet means eating nutritious food throughout the day.” Adequate distribution of elements”, concluded the expert.
With information from M24.