Dieting and Fasting: Reasonable Goals and Safety Checks


If you ask anyone, the idea of dieting or potentially fasting are never too far from their thoughts about nutrition. Most people are more interested in losing weight than in gaining weight, which is why those two concepts are such popular matters of conversation or intent.

But, you always want to have reasonable goals, and you need to be able to check if your potential diet is safe. It’s important to look into the effects of intermittent fasting, the dangers of quick diets, how your body type makes a difference, and what your personal nutritional needs are. At least looking through those four categories before deciding on a diet is a good idea.

Intermittent Fasting

 When you choose to start a fast, there are psychological and physical consequences to consider. Basically, humans do intermittent fasting every night. You go anywhere between six and 12 hours without eating. When you start fasting for longer periods, your body changes all kinds of things about your digestion, heart rate, blood pressure, and other related biophysical internal matters. These can have positive or negative effects on your body depending on what your goal is. That’s why it’s important to research the subject of fasting before making the commitment to one.

The Dangers of Quick Diets

 For as often as crash diets are advertised, they are almost never healthy. Not only do they shock your system in an unhealthy way and make you feel weird, whatever short-term effects they have, chances are almost 100% that you gain all of that weight back immediately after going off the diet. If you plan on losing weight, make small goals over an extended period of time, and to check in with yourself regularly. Almost all fad and crash diets are going to make you sick rather than healthy.

Your Body Type

 There are three different major body types. If you don’t know what yours is, then going on a diet or choosing to fast may not have the consequences that you’re looking for. The different body types handle food differently. Metabolisms are different. Storage of fat is different. That’s why you should at least figure out for reference purposes what body type yours is before beginning any dietary changes.

Personal Nutritional Needs

 Though generally, human nutritional needs fall into a broad category, every single person is different. You have to figure out what your personal nutritional needs are for your emotional well-being, your physical efficiency, and even your occupation. If you start messing with your caloric intake and outgo without considering those factors, you can potentially make yourself sick very easily. Always consult a doctor or a nutritionist before making any significant diet changes, but even for minor ones, be sure to check in and make sure what you’re trying to do is safe.


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