Negative Side Of Intermittent Fasting

By Nmami Agarwal     08-Aug 2018

Negative Side Of Intermittent Fasting

What is Intermittent Fasting?

A phenomenon called intermittent fasting right now is amongst the world’s most trending health and fitness trends that involve alternate fasting and eating cycles. The idea of alternate fasting varies from several different methods, all of which divides the day or a week into fasting and eating periods. For instance, by skipping one time meal of the day like breakfast and then eating the next meal at noon and at night by 8 pm.

It technically means- fasting for sixteen hours in a day, and restricting yourself from eating to the eight-hour eating window, known as the 16/8 method. Eating no food is the only rule during the intermittent fasting period, but drinking water, unsweetened coffee, tea or some other non-caloric beverages are allowed to take while fasting which somehow leaves you to starve.

Negative Sides Of Intermittent Fasting

The primary negative side of intermittent fasting or any fasting is that it leaves you famished, creating a call for pizza and a hot-fudge sundae for the next meal to binge on with a spike in your blood sugar levels and ultimately to more such cravings. “Break the fast” meal likely have dairy, gluten and other potential reactive foods perhaps in a massive amount that will contribute to leaky a gut, food intolerances, candida, increased inflammation and other gut issues.

After intermittent fasting, your body will no longer get the constant source to fuel up which you used to get from eating all day long earlier, resulting in leaving you to feel sluggish. Also, you might feel to give up on your workout sessions, break from exercise, walking or practising yoga.

Next, experiencing heartburn is another darker side of it because earlier your body was used to a different eating pattern so, now it releases acids to digest the food at certain times causing heartburn. So, by the time when you are not eating heartburn can range from mild discomfort to full-on pain or burping all day. Intermittent fasting also causes some other indigestion issues like constipation, bloating and discomfort.

Low energy and weakness is another major and genuine concern of intermittent fasting. Energy levels, especially in the morning, start dropping due to lack of essential nutrients required by your body to function optimally.

Over to you

Never plan or feel the need to practice intermittent fasting and deprive yourself of nutrients and energy required to have a healthy lifestyle. You can also lose weight even when you eat proper meals and a well-balanced diet every day. In any case, speak to your nutritionist or health professional before you set up your mind to change the way you eat or alter your diet in any significant way.


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  1. Hello Nmami, thank you for this super informative blog post! But, the caveat I am facing is, my nutritionist has herself asked me to practice intermittent fasting for 14 hours a day (1 week). That leaves me super confused.

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Salt- as per taste

Calorie = 112 kcal
Protein = 2.8 grams
Carbohydrates = 14.8 grams
Fat = 4.7 grams
Recommended for- High Blood Pressure and Digestion
Course- Evening Snack


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