The hunger games and your health!

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It seems fairly logical that if you reduce your daily calorie intake drastically you can easily get rid of those excess pounds.

In this day and age it appears as though a startling amount of individuals are obsessed with the concept of weight loss.

When it comes to the topic of weight loss people tend to gravitate towards the easier task of consistently skipping meals. Despite the medical evidence and a general consensus from virtually everyone across the world, there’s still an ongoing issue of thousands desperately attempting to utilize this weight loss method.

An article in the December 2013 edition of Vogue magazine discussed the seemly ubiquitous fad that encourages those who follow the trend to either eat nothing for 24 hours between 1-2 times a week or skip breakfast and lunch, but have a high protein dinner.

This trend of meal skipping or intermittent fasting has been recently popularized by a New York Times best seller that endorsing the concept of skipping meals stating that fasting can protect against age related cognitive decline and as well as diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

A thing of that sort is what essentially leads some to believe that not eating is a legitimate way to reduce their weight.

Although it may look as if a particular demographic could possibly benefit from intermittent fasting, that does not mean that everyone will be able to reap the benefits of the demanding diet.

This seemingly simple solution to everyone’s weight loss problems undeniably ignores the worrisome truth that you would be drastically altering your body’s function.

The more pressing matter is the possible health related consequences for its practitioners. If you have decided to set a personal goal to reduce your daily food intake to one meal per day composed of one unseasoned salmon filet, a pint of quinoa and a cup of broccoli, then you are not consuming an adequate amount of nutrients while also supporting the development of diabetes and undesired weight gain.

Researchers have found that skipping meals throughout the day and then consuming a large meal at night can result in possibly hazardous changes to metabolism. Individuals that typically skip meals had a delay in their body’s insulin response and elevated glucose levels. These conditions are so severe that it could result in type 2 diabetes.

There is debate that intermittent fasting is still considered self-starvation and the gateway to many other eating disorders.

People in United States are aware of the prevalence of eating disorders in the county, but still do not see the damage that comes from skipping meals or the elimination of eating altogether. The latest studies have found that approximately 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically diagnosed eating disorder at some point of their lives, which includes anorexia nervosa.

The persistence to evade eating, escalated fear of weight gain and negative body image are all signs that point to an eating disorder such as anorexia.

For those who shared their testimonials in support of intermittent fasting, there needs to be much more objective research done with varied trials before crash dieters around the world can battle with the human’s primal response to food deprivation or what some may call hunger.

Western culture teaches people to aspire to be perfect in practically every aspect of their lives and at times base their lives and actions on trends. Drastic measures such as not eating for an entire day or missing essential meals throughout the day, is not a long-term health venture you should embark on.

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