The Dirt On Diets: Is Intermittent Fasting Better Than Low-Carb?

With new science-backed diets popping up at every corner, low-carb diets are losing their clout. And intermittent fasting is one of the latest weight-loss fads that has taken the internet by storm.

But is intermittent fasting really better than good-old low-carb? Let’s have a look.

Intermittent fasting appeals to so many people because it offers smart alternate periods of eating and fasting. It focuses on when you eat and not on what you eat. This means that you can basically enjoy all of your favorite fatty foods like pizza and even your daily scoop of chocolate ice-cream during certain hours of the day, while severely restricting calories or completely avoiding food in long intervals.

For example, the popular "5:2 Fast Diet" involves eating normally for five days of the week, and then fasting (eating no more than 500 calories) during the other two days. Easy, right?

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Breaking the fast ⚠️ Intermittent fasting... 👀 R E A D ⏬ So I’ve kept it quiet because I’m making sure I can do it but I’m on day 3 of intermittent fasting. I’ve done it before, but not like this. As a qualified PT I vouch for this method for someone like me completely, for the following reasons (amongst many others): 1️⃣: I have a binge purge issue & I can go all morning foodless but I will eat 3000-5000 cals in an evening- bad foods & to cure emotional baggage. 2️⃣: I struggle to stick to a regime. My metabolism is struggling with the introduction of new medication- Lithium, and it’s hard to shift any weight. 3️⃣: I stopped appreciating food, now I look forward to it. 4️⃣: There is a lot of scientific evidence that not only can Intermittent Fasting help fix metabolic issues but also contribute to reduce weight fluctuations in people suffering from Thyroid disorders, which I do! 😊😊😊 SO, what exactly am I doing? Well thanks to @carbienotnobarbie’s advice I’ve opted for the daily fast. I stop eating at 8pm & I don’t eat until 12 midday the following day. At first I died, and going to the gym this morning was HARD. But actually I’m getting used to it & have already lost some weight! 🎉🎉🎉 PS: KALE OMFG Kale. When I left the UK I left behind me many things but something silly that I’ve missed unbearable amounts has been fresh Kale. So Mummy bought me some. I couldn’t be happier! 🤤🤤🤤

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Intermittent fasting is proven to have impressive health benefits that don’t just involve weight loss. It also reduces insulin resistance, oxidative stress, while it improves the function of the liver, the gut, and even the brain. What’s more, fasting has been proven to regenerate stem cells, making it ultimately an anti-aging practice. Yes, you heard right, fasting keeps you young!

Low-carb doesn’t really need introductions. According to science, it is one of the most effective weight-loss methods that specifically targets the yucky belly fat that covers the organs and the liver. Low-carb diets are known for being 2-3 times more effective than low-fat diets, as well as an efficient dieting plan to keep diabetes in check.

However, some studies have recently suggested that low-carb diets could potentially be unsafe. When a diet is too low-carb, it was found that it could increase the risk of premature death. So beware, low-carb doesn’t mean no-carb!So you may be wondering which diet pattern is best for you. Perhaps you’re someone whose work requires them to be on their feet all day. Or you have a healthy weight, but still can’t get rid of that annoying flab of fat around your waistline. Or you're just someone who can’t go twelve hours straight without food, as intermittent fasting requires. In that case, a low-carb diet might be best for you.

But if you desperately need to shed weight, and change your relationship with food (without having to think about what you eat every single day), intermittent fasting is worth trying. And truth be told, it’s cheaper too.

Whatever nutrition plan you choose, make sure you consult with a certified nutritionist and your doctor first.


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