Fast all the way to the grave
Fast all the way to the grave
: This may sound like a dramatic announcement to you, but a new study published in the journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that those who choose to regularly skip breakfast as part of the fasting diet trend, clearly expose themselves to an increased risk to death from heart disease.
For the benefit of those who are not familiar with the trend, known as the Intermittent Fasting diet, which is especially loved by quite a few celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Gisele, Kim Kardashian and Halle Berry, it is said that it is the adoption of a routine of eating cycles at specified times.
Between these times, eating is avoided, and it is allowed to drink water or non-carbohydrate liquids such as tea or coffee (without sugar or milk).
As part of the diet, several different methods have been developed, with the most popular being the 16/8 diet, in which you eat for 8 hours, and fast for the remaining 16 hours.
Other versions of the diet include the 20/4 diet, also known as the "warrior diet", and the 5/2 diet, where you eat normally for five days, and on the remaining two you limit your calorie intake to 500-600 per day.
The study shows that people in an increased risk group for diseases and heart failure as a result of diet, were those who did eat three meals a day - but the interval between two of them was less than 4.5 hours.
"Our study found that people who eat only one meal a day tend to die more than those who eat regular meals," revealed Dr. Yangbo Sun from the Department of Disease Prevention at the University of Tennessee, who was one of the leaders of the study.
"Those who skip breakfast tend to develop more heart diseases and fatal vascular problems. Those who skip lunch or dinner significantly increase the chance of dying from all the symptoms," he added.
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The researchers behind the findings said that deliberately skipping meals led to people consuming more calories in a shorter time, which caused an overload of glucose, which interfered with the normal process of metabolism and caused a host of problems.
The study was conducted among 24 thousand Americans over the age of 40, and found that more than 40% of them ate less than three meals a day.
Those of them who ate less than three meals a day, also had a tendency to adopt other harmful habits such as smoking or alcohol consumption.
"At a time when this trend is being promoted as a solution for weight loss, healthy metabolism and disease prevention, our research is important among large segments of the American adult population who do not consume three meals a day," Sun said, recommending that people eat between two and three meals a day to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Diet, illustration, photo: Vertical
As mentioned, this diet in its many versions has become a trend and has been adopted by quite a few celebrities.
Jennifer Aniston said that she started adhering to this diet in 2019, and shared that she stopped eating breakfast, and that she drinks coffee and celery juice instead, and eats one main meal in the evening.
The supermodel Gisele also shared in her book that she is a loyal follower of the 5:2 diet.
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