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November 06, 2020 0 Comments
Will Intermittent Fasting Make You Sick?
Intermittent fasting is similar to the keto diet in the sense that during the first few days, you're not going to feel optimal. The keto diet refers to it as the keto flu.
What you'll experience is lethargy, brain fog, sudden cravings for certain foods, hunger pangs, mood swings, irritability, flu-like symptoms, and so on.
So why does this happen?
There are a few reasons why you feel sick. For starters, we're creatures of habit. If you're eating round the clock, your body is used to getting food all the time. You're using food as therapy instead of fuel. Once you limit yourself to eating during a specific window, you'll not have food in your belly the rest of the time. Your body will realize that something is missing, and old habits die hard.
Since food was used to make you feel good, now you'll not feel so good. Over and above that, you may have a sugar addiction that you were unaware of. Fasting will lower your blood sugar levels, and you'll crave sweet foods. When you deny yourself these foods, you'll be like a drug addict who can't get his fix. There will be some withdrawal symptoms.
Since most of us are on the standard American diet, which is high in processed foods, junk food, etc. our bodies are filled with toxins and other wastes.
Once you go on an intermittent fasting protocol, your body will try to cleanse itself. The human body is always in the business of self-preservation, and this highly intelligent organism will start the detoxing process to clear the wastes from your system. During this process, you may experience flu-like symptoms. This happens with the keto diet too.
There is nothing to worry about. You're not becoming ill, and the intermittent fasting is not harming your body. You're just eliminating the toxins from your body. You'll feel worse before you feel better. Generally, you should feel better within 3 to 5 days.
Coping with The Hunger
It's normal to feel hungry when you first begin intermittent fasting. This is one reason why you should slowly ease into it. Start with an 8-hour fasting window and slowly work your way up to 16 hours or more. If you do it gradually, your body will get accustomed to going for more extended periods without food. Your appetite will decrease, and your stomach will slowly shrink. Even when you do eat, you'll need less food to feel full.
To get to this stage takes time. Trying to rush the process is not advisable and will only make you feel discomfort and hate the process. Some people make the cardinal error of making the switch overnight. They go from eating at all hours to suddenly adopting a strict protocol like the OMAD diet, which involves fasting for 23 hours and eating one meal a day.
This makes the entire process torturous. You'll be irritable and thinking of food all the time. The symptoms of lethargy, flu, etc. will be much more robust and less bearable as your body adjusts to the shock. So, proceed slowly and adopt the intermittent fasting protocol with common sense. Speak to your doctor before you get started. Once you're cleared for it, give yourself about 2 to 3 weeks to get used to it. After that, it will be a breeze to follow.
David ~ Founder TRULIVV