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Top Benefits of Intermittent Fasting Diets

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https://www.tryadietforamonth.com/You have probably heard of fasting diets. You may even have tried fasting at least once in your lifetime. This is NOT the same as a starvation diet. Starving yourself is extremely unhealthy and definitely not recommended. If you tried a fasting diet but didn’t manage to stick to it, at least you learned a bit about the process and could share your experience with friends and family. If you managed to stick to the diet for any length of time, you know how beneficial it can be to losing weight. It also has a lot of other health benefits too. So let’s take a look at these, before considering the different types of fasting diets.

Intermittent Fasting Is An Umbrella Term

Fasting for weight loss has become a popular solution for many people who are trying to improve their health, lose weight or heal other ailments. In essence, intermittent fasting is an umbrella phrase for many different meal timing plans which cycle between frequent fasting and restricted consumption over a defined period. During the intermittent fasting diet, many people reduce their calorie intake and increase their exercise and activity levels. Many experts believe that this increased exercise can have a positive impact on the heart.

Fasting for weight loss is not necessarily done only for people trying to lose a lot of weight. It is often recommended for those who need to shed a large amount of unwanted pounds (usually around 30 pounds or more) from a controlled, periodic eating plan. In addition to the benefits of losing weight, there are many other benefits of fasting diets that you should be aware of.

Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

One of the biggest benefits of intermittent fasting is eating fewer calories. When you reduce your calorie intake, you will typically burn more fat. When you eat less food, your body has fewer calories to store up. Fasting diets may last only a few days, but they also can be a healthy long-term way of life.
Another benefit of fasting diets can be eating more quality fats and protein, especially if you combine a keto type diet with fasting. Many people are struggling with eating healthy fats. Because of your body’s lower need for these fat sources, eating more quality fats will help you drop weight. If you add quality proteins, like lean cuts of meat or fish, to your diet you will also increase your protein levels.
A third benefit of the fasting diet is improved digestion and increased energy. You will not be experiencing extreme hunger pangs throughout your diet. Instead of feeling bloated and hungry all the time, you will be full at the end of each day. This can lead to an improved quality of life because you will not have as many mood swings and irritable symptoms.

Finally, another benefit of the fasting diet is a lowered risk of developing heart disease. When you eat fewer calories, your body burns off extra fat and builds muscle. You may also begin to notice that symptoms of heart disease could subside. For example, if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or congestive heart failure, you might have experienced an increase in symptoms such as headaches and fatigue. By eating an alternate-day fasting diet, you can lower your risks of heart disease by up to 30 percent.

Although fasting diets have many benefits, they can be difficult to stick to but there are many different fasting diets and you should be able to find one that suits you.

Types of Fasting Diets

5:2

The 5:2 fasting diet was popularized a few years ago when a medical doctor, Michael Mosley, tried it and lost weight. He wrote a book called “The Fast Diet”. A friend of mine tried that diet at the time and has stuck to it ever since, working as a headteacher in elementary education and since retired and reaching 70, very healthy. On this form of intermittent fasting, you eat normally on 5 days of the week, while restricting yourself to 500 calories (women) 600 calories (men) on 2 days of the week. These days can be separated eg, Monday and Thursday, which seem to be popular choices or back to back on whichever 2 days you choose. People often choose Monday and Tuesday for that, leaving the weekend free to eat as they choose. If you reach your desired weight and do not want to lose any more, some people move to a 6:1 intermittent fasting regime, where they restrict calories on only one day of the week.

16:8

The 16:8 fasting diet is used every day. It allows you to eat only during a period of 8 hours and then you fast for the other 16 hours out of 24. Many people find that if they skip breakfast and do not eat anything until, say, 11 am, they then can eat normally between 11 am and 7 pm, which allows them lunch, a snack, and dinner and then they stop eating at 7pm until the following morning at 11 am.

OMAD

OMAD stands for one meal a day, so it is basically a 23:1 fasting diet, as you are allowed to eat one meal a day, which must be finished within one hour. It is sometimes done as part of the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, which allows one or two low carb complementary meals a day and one reward meal a day, which must be eaten within one hour. OMAD takes just the reward meal part of this diet.

How Fasting Diets Work

The theory behind many of these is that you cannot pack the same number of calories into your body during the hours you are allowed to eat on a fasting diet as you would if your diet were totally unrestricted. This was tested out with the 5:2 diet. People tended to eat about 10% more calories on the day after a fast but not sufficiently more to compensate for all the calories not eaten during the fast day. Provided you eat healthy nutritious food, protein, good fats and wholegrain products on the days when you are not fasting or on calorie restriction, you are unlikely to eat as much as you would if you ate what you wanted 7 days a week. Even if you want to eat high calorific foods like cake and candy, provided you eat the healthy food first, you will still eat less than before.

Constipation on a Ketosis Diet

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Important Notice: If you are suffering from severe constipation or stomach pain – see your medical adviser urgently. This post does NOT offer medical advice for urgent medical conditions.

Keto Constipation

The short answer to the question, “Does the keto diet cause constipation”, is yes, in some cases it can do so. If you are following a diet which is high in fats and low in carbohydrates, then you will be able to achieve significant weight loss  but constipation may occur as a result of what you are NOT eating!

Some of the foods which cause constipation are foods that are high in protein such as cheese, chicken, beef, eggs and fish. You will need to eat additional fiber and drink extra water along with these if you want to be able to lose weight in a healthy manner.

When trying to avoid foods which cause constipation, there are also a number of foods you should consider including. A good alternative would be to eat a lot of nuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds as well as your favorite vegetables, where these are allowed on the particular diet you are following.

While some people are able to control their constipation, other people have a hard time getting through the day with the constipating effects of a diet. It may be a combination of the above mentioned problems or just one thing to blame for constipation on a ketosis diet.

It is important for you to remember that your body is working on losing weight and that that may mean a lower amount of food going through your digestive system, so there is a smaller volume of material to push through what you ate yesterday or the day before.

Keep track of your fiber intake. If you don’t consume enough fiber, your body will not digest the food you are taking and will not break down the food. Fiber is not only important for breaking down fat, but it is also important for cleansing the digestive system. If you do not have enough fiber in your body, your digestive system will not be able to remove the excess waste, making you feel tired and bloated. If you think you may have constipation on a ketosis diet, try eating smaller meals each day instead of three large meals. Instead of having three large meals, have three smaller meals throughout the day. This way, if you feel tired or bloated, you will be able to snack throughout the day and still eat a substantial amount of healthy foods without worrying about having too much food or feeling bloated!

Constipation does not have to be a big deal as long as you are able to manage it and eat the right foods and make sure you get enough fiber!

Constipation can occur as a result of being dehydrated, a lack of fiber, or a poor diet. Constipation can be overcome by eating plenty of foods that contain fiber and drinking plenty of water. If you find that you are constipated you will also want to try changing your eating habits. Changing your eating habits is one of the best things you can do to stop constipation on a ketosis diet, as eating less of these high fiber foods can lead to a constipation problem.

How To Add Extra Fiber To Your Diet

The no-calorie version of extra insoluble fiber is psyllium husks, also known as Ispaghula. These have no nutritional value, however, they can be extremely useful in adding extra fiber and helping relieve constipation. It is VERY IMPORTANT to take enough water at the same time as taking any extra fiber. Fiber absorbs water and swells. This is what moves the digested food along your gut. Another alternative is to take Linseed or flax seed. I take this in soup. It goes well and the liquid in the soup helps with constipation too.

How To Chug Psyllium Husks


I have found the best way to take psyllium husks is to chug them down, that is, mix them with water and swallow quickly. My preferred method is to half fill a small glass or cup with cold water, add some hot water, to take off the chill and add a dash of lemon juice (or flavor of your choice) to disguise the taste, then stir in 2 teaspoons of dried psyllium husks and fill up the cup / glass and drink it straight down. I then take another glass of water, of the same size and drink that straight down too.  (Psyllium doesn’t have any particular taste, I just find it hard to take unless I add lemon juice. A teaspoon of lemon juice will add only a few calories, so will not knock you out of keto by itself.) It’s important to take enough water at the same time as the psyllium husks or they can block your gut! If you need more fiber, just repeat this later in the day. You need to try for yourself as to how much psyllium husk to use.

Linseed In Soup Relieves Constipation

Linseeds or flax seeds are high in insoluble fiber and very nutritious but unless cracked, they tend to go through the digestive system unchanged. This makes them useful for preventing or relieving constipation. They can be taken many ways, sprinkled on salad, mixed with cream cheese or scrambled egg but my favorite is in soup. I have tried them with many soups, green soup, vegetable broth, carrot soup, etc. They work well with them all, add a great nutty flavor and are easy to take. I add 2 ladlefuls of soup to a bowl and then sprinkle linseeds on top of that. The amount depends on how much you personally need. Try a bit at first and increase the amount next time, if necessary.

Other Sources Of Fiber and Soluble Fiber

Inulin and apple fiber. Soluble fiber.

Specific Carbohydrate Diet – Breakfast

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Sufferers from inflammatory bowel diseases, such as IBD, IBS, Celiac disease, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, etc., have often been told they will “need to eat a bland diet from now on, with no fiber, etc”. Sufferers have also been told that what they eat makes no difference to the course of the disease.

Those who suffer from any of these diseases may try eating bland diets but what is a bland diet and does it really help to alleviate the problems that people with Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis, etc experience? One sufferer was told that he must eat pasta and mashed potato, no fiber of any kind, no fruit, etc. Others have been told to stay off spices. Some people are also allergic to, or suffer from food intolerances with milk or gluten (bread).

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Desperate For Help

One mother was desperate to help her 4 year old child, suffering from chronic Ulcerative Colitis. Most doctors could not help, they learned nothing about nutrition in medical school and many still do not, even these days. Finally, she found Dr. Sydney Haas who had been successfully treating people with Celiac disease and he was able to help her child through changing her diet. The mother was Elaine Gottschall and she went on to fully research the whole area of inflammatory bowel disease, working closely with Dr. Haas and gaining a degree and a masters degree in subjects related to the area. Elaine wrote a book, “Breaking The Vicious Cycle” which has has been through 18 reprints and which has helped countless sufferers from inflammatory bowel disease to live much improved lives. If you want to know more about helping relieve the kinds of problems such as gas, inflammation, pain, bleeding and diarrhea, that people with IBD, etc., experience, then read the book.

NOT A Bland Diet

The recommended “bland” diet actually comprised the very foods that, according to Elaine Gottschall’s book, were CAUSING the bowel problems. Foods like bread, potatoes, pasta, sweet potatoes, cakes, cookies and anything with sugar or flour, etc are not allowed on this diet. Yet you can happily eat most fruit and many vegetables, along with meat, fish and eggs, to provide a balanced, healthy, nutritious diet. And if you want a bit of sweet stuff, honey is allowed!

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For those suffering badly from any of these diseases, an initial food of carrot soup prepared in a particular way is very helpful, followed a short while later (a few days) with a special 24 hour yogurt made at home, usually in a yogurt maker.

Recipe And Meal Plan

Breakfast

So what can you eat for breakfast? No problem. How about scrambled eggs? (NO  MILK). Melt a bit of butter in a saucepan, add your mixed eggs and cook to your preferred consistency. If you cannot take butter, you can scramble the eggs without, provided you take care and keep stirring. There’s also poached egg on spinach or a boiled egg. Remember, no toast, unless you make up some special almond flour bread from one of the recipes in the book “Breaking The Vicious Cycle“, by Elaine Gottschall.

Alternatively, what about a banana? Make sure there are brown spots on the skin. This means the carbohydrate in the banana has changed to the easily digestible form.


If your insides are very painful or you have a lot of symptoms, try mashing the banana before eating. Once the symptoms have subsided, you could also add dates and grapes to make a super-healthy, filling breakfast. You could even add a special almond and honey muffin.

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The picture shows a honey, almond and coconut muffin but these should only be eaten after all diarrhea has stopped. Until then, eat the honey almond muffins made with the recipe in the book “Breaking The Vicious Cycle“.

Another possibility is a bowl of the 24 hour yogurt with stewed fruit. This can also be a delicious dessert. Pears, eating apples or plums are all delicious when stewed in a little water (no sugar). If you need more sweetness, drizzle some honey on top of the yogurt and stewed fruit – delightful.

yogurt, stewed plums and honey