- Many times, you may hear people say that intermittent fasting can be instrumental in preventing blood sugar spikes during the day and in the long run.
- However, going on this diet could skyrocket glucose levels during fasting windows.
- Patients with type-1 diabetes need insulin injections to curb blood sugar levels – therefore, they must never do intermittent fasting without a doctor’s go-ahead as it could cause blood sugar levels to go dangerously low.
New Delhi: There was a ketogenic diet era when many people gave up carbohydrates and switched to proteins and fats. From celebrities to the common folk, many switched to the routine that puts the body in ketosis and induces quick
Intermittent fasting is a routine that involves eating in specific time brackets during the day and fasting for the rest – eating for six hours and fasting for 18 hours. This routine helps induce weight loss, manage blood sugar levels and even mitigate heart disease risk. Intermittent fasting decreases glucose concentration and increases fatty acid oxidation which helps the body break down stored fats.
While this routine assures quick results, it is not suited for all. If you have any of the following, then intermittent fasting may not be for you.
- History of eating disorders: As per the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an
eating disorderis a condition characterised by irregular and abnormal eating behaviours. If left unattended, these could increase the risk of binge eating habits, bulimia, or anorexia. In either case, intermittent fasting is not recommended as the rigid windows could lead you back to the same disoriented eating patterns. Digestion issues: For anyone with digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome( IBS), intermittent fasting may worsen the symptoms. Due to the prolonged fasting window, one may have to struggle with indigestion, bloating, and constipation. And when you eat a large meal in the eating window, it could cause gastrointestinal distress. Type-1 diabetes: Many times, you may hear people say that intermittent fasting can be instrumental in preventing blood sugar spikes during the day and in the long run. However, going on this diet could skyrocket glucose levels during fasting windows. Patients with type-1 diabetes need insulin injections to curb blood sugar levels – therefore, they must never do intermittent fasting without a doctor’s go-ahead as it could cause blood sugar levels to go dangerously low.
- Weak immune system or cancer: Having a weak immune system could also be a red flag against intermittent fasting. Adequate calorie intake is a must to maintain lean muscle mass and to keep the immune system strong – especially in cancer patients. Therefore, if you wish to go on this diet, check with a doctor first if doing so would be a wise call.
This is not where it ends. Experts also warn against intermittent fasting in the following cases:
- Sleep problems
- Following an intense workout regime
- Doing a job that requires intense focus
- Being on medication that should be taken after meals
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.