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Intermittent fasting is a type of eating strategy that has become quite a bit popular today.
It has been mentioned throughout magazine articles, as well as through fitness gurus on
Instagram, becoming so popular that even my brother has changed his eating strategy over to
intermittent fasting. It is said that intermittent fasting not only is a tool for weight loss but also
has amazing health benefits.
In the article, “A decade of intermittent fasting” written by Nan Hie In, a health coach
named Dali Harilela claims that intermittent fasting has helped keep her slim and healthy. This
health coach does not appear to have any credentials, she is simply named a health coach,
making it appear that she may not be as credible. This nutrition claim also is published on a
website called the South China Morning Post in the health and wellness section, it is possibly not
the greatest form of reliable nutrition information. In this article, a naturopath named Joelle
Bradford is also mentioned and he is said to work for Hong Kong’s Integrated Medicine
Institute. He supports health coach Dali’s claim about intermittent fasting, I think that him being
a naturopath and what he believes in makes it slightly biased, he’s confirming something he quite
possibly already believes in because he claims that we as a society already eat too much sugar
and food, with IF you eat less food and sugar because of the restricted times without any food.
Dali Harilela explains to us how long she has done intermittent fasting and how it has
made her feel making it more of anecdotal evidence. She explains how she has done IF for about
10 years now and before IF she worked out regularly and followed a standard diet but claims that
her body wasn’t at its best, not until she tried intermittent fasting. I feel like here she left out
some important key points, like mentioning what a standard diet meant, it makes it unclear as to
whether she was actually eating a healthy and balanced diet before IF. She also could have
already been a very healthy individual before this eating strategy was incorporated into her diet,
making the claim about its health benefits of lowering risks of various disorders unreliable.
Although, in this article, a study made in 2017 at the University of Southern California is cited
and used in text. This study is said to have shown that fasting for at least five days a month
lowered the risk of life threatening diseases. The study performed is notably a strong one based
on the design of it being randomized. It used 100 participants, all of which were adults between
the ages of 20 to 70 years old. The subjects participated from April 2013 to July 2015. These
participants were placed into two groups one being the control group and the other was the test
group. This study was published in a peer reviewed journal named Science Translational
Medicine. Based on the research conducted on this health claim, it makes the health coach much
more reliable by adding consistent research to support her claim, it makes me believe that this
claim can actually be very true. It proved that it helps lose weight, the people in the test group
lost an average of about 6 pounds in the first 3-month period, and their waist lines shrunk about
one to two inches. There was a decrease in all their baseline numbers, which included blood
pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc.
Throughout the article there is no mention about how many studies have been conducted
to support the claim. Another downfall to this is that there is not much said about what the risks
associated with this eating strategy are, only thing stated is that there are many concerns people
have with this type of eating, but that many of their worries happen to be untrue or incorrect. It
would have helped to include risk factors and potential side effects because everything has a risk,
and it would allow the reader to be able to make a more knowledgeable decision as to whether
they support this claim or not. When important information is left out and only positive
information is listed it makes it harder for the reader to make a decision for themselves because
they are persuaded by only the positive research. From what I have read in the article and the
study conducted, there does appear to be other factors involved that could have greatly impacted
their health. For example, the test group was placed on a special diet that contained a strict
portion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, along with the fasting making their calorie intake
very minimal. This could have had a great impact on health because of the change in diet, so the
results are not solely based on IF.
Overall, I do believe that intermittent fasting helps increase overall health and helps with
weight-loss due to the restrictions with eating windows. When there are restrictions there are less
calories being taken in. Although, the peer reviewed articles from the Journal of Translational
Medicine and Nutritional Journal, state that there is still not enough research done yet to support
if it is effective in the long term. I feel that if done right, with the proper nutrition, so having a
healthy balanced diet, intermittent fasting can be a great tool for weight-loss and health
improvement. The trials performed in both scientific journals support the claim that IF does
allow you to trim fat and decrease health biomarkers significantly. Based on this research,
intermittent fasting is actually something I would consider trying because of what has been
clinically proven thus far.
In, N.-H. (2018, May 15). A decade of intermittent fasting – see how one health coach did it.
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Intermittent fasting combined with calorie restriction is effective for weight loss and
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