Consumer Reports: How To Incorporate Intermittent Fasting For Health Benefits | WWTI
CONSUMER REPORTS – Intermittent fasting is a diet that focuses more on when to eat than what to eat. Typically, people only eat for an 8 hour period or only every other day.
Studies suggest that intermittent fasting may have benefits, including improved blood sugar and cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and weight.
“When done in a healthy way, intermittent fasting can help control inflammation and may even reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers,” said Trisha Calvo of Consumer Reports.
However, intermittent fasting is not for everyone. This might be too extreme for the elderly, people with diabetes, and those who take medication at times.
However, as Consumer Reports explains, even if you don’t follow the intermittent fasting approach to the letter, incorporating a few strategies can help maintain a healthy weight and metabolism.
“Make sure to include foods high in fiber and protein such as fruits, oatmeal, cottage cheese eggs. Foods like these will help keep you satisfied until your next meal.” , Calvo said.
If you are drawn to sweets and desserts, CR suggests consuming them before 3 p.m. Your body is more efficient at processing carbohydrates in the morning and early afternoon. Another thing you can do is have an early dinner between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
“Eating late at night has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” Calvo said.
Another tip is to cut your dinners down to around 600 calories and include more vegetables, which are low in calories and have fiber that will help you feel fuller for longer.