Camille Styles

Intermittent Fasting for Dummies: Pros, Cons, and Why You Should Try It

October 3rd, 2018

Intermittent fasting is one of those wellness buzzwords that most people (including myself) initially disregard it as being just too extreme. In my case, fasting in general sounds like a recipe for a hypoglycemic disaster, and for someone who loves food as much as I do, pretty torturous. That said, too many people have told me all the wonders it’s done for their overall health, so I decided to dig deeper and approach the intermittent fasting research with an open mind. When I started learning about the fascinating links between intermittent fasting and cellular repair, hormone levels, cognitive function, cancer prevention, metabolism, and inflammation, I realized it was way more than a trendy diet.

One question I kept coming back to was, how can one simple practice possibly have so many benefits? According to researchers, it all comes down to a cellular process called autophagy. Autophagy is what happens when we allow our cells the time and space to clean house, and kill off those that are weak or damaged. This makes room for the regeneration of new, healthier cells and tissues, which affects longevity and helps reverse diseases. In other words: Fasting gives your body much-needed a break from digesting, and allows it to focus on repairing itself from the inside out.

The “intermittent” approach makes it possible for even those who can’t imagine skipping a meal (me) to find a fasting method that works for our schedule, mind, and body. Since there are so many different types of intermittent fasting, I decided to dive into the research and find out about the differences between the methods—their pros and cons, and the health claims that are attached to each one. Scroll on for the intermittent fasting breakdown, and I’d love to hear in the comments about your experience if you’ve given any of these a try.

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  1. Bianca says:

    Great post! I did the 5:2 a little while ago and plan to go back on it again to help loose some baby weight. I found it hard for the first couple of weeks but then actually enjoyed it. My body almost felt grateful (haha sounds silly) for the break from digesting stuff. I would definitely recommend it, and my doctor agreed too.

    • Katherine Fluor says:

      So glad to hear it, Bianca! Good luck hopping back into it – the first couple weeks of fasting are always the hardest!

  2. kenneth pastore says:

    I must do IF for my arthitis and just yesterday I became fully pain-free from head to toe on a 42-hour water IF fast but then broke it for quite a while till late a night and the pain did return.

    So today again I must fast and I actually think for me in my condition that 42 hours fast is best then eat about 4- 5 hours slowly then stop eating.

    I know that this will take some time to become a habit but what else to do when one has tried everything and nothing works as well as fast, but it must become a lifelong habit for myself as well all those in need to control themselves and become healthy happy and free from many of life’s aches and pains.

  3. Amanda says:

    I do the time restricted and I really like it. For the first time in my life I have easily been able to maintain a healthy weight. I realized when I was eating all day long I was eating too much, and when I splurged even a little it was resulting in added lbs. I don’t eat until noon, which means I skip breakfast-and frankly it’s nice to have one less decision a day!

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