Experts reveal the truth about the effect of intermittent fasting on burning fat and treating diabetes

Al-Marsad newspaper: A recent study revealed that intermittent fasting can lead to recovery from type 2 diabetes, but despite its support, there is a group of people who consider it “based on inaccurate information.”

“Intermittent fasting is not a diet that is adhered to for a period of time, but rather a lifestyle and a way to schedule eating times,” said the endocrinologist and diabetes doctor, Paula Atallah, according to “Sky News Arabia” website.

She explained, “While most diets focus on what we eat, the intermittent fasting system revolves around when we eat, but it does not include stopping drinking water.”

Weight loss and fat reduction

According to Atallah, who is the former president of the Lebanese Society for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Lipid Diseases, there are multiple ways to follow the “intermittent fasting” system, including, for example, eating as usual during 5 days of the week, with the exception of two days in which food is limited to a meal containing 500 calories. refractory.

She explained that among its benefits:

Helping in the process of losing weight and fighting obesity, and improving blood pressure levels and heart health, by reducing cholesterol and fat levels.

It helps in recovering from type 2 diabetes, like many diets that depend on healthy food and exercise, if treatment begins early in the infection and not after 10 years, for example.

Atallah stressed the need to consult a specialist doctor, as there are individuals who should not follow “intermittent fasting”, such as pregnant women or even type 1 diabetics.

Quite useful

For her part, Lana Fayed, founder and director of the LowCal The Diet Clinic, said, “The idea of ​​intermittent fasting is to allow insulin levels to drop enough and for enough time, so that the individual can burn fat.”

She pointed out that studies “have proven that this system is completely beneficial, like diets that depend on eating fewer calories on a daily basis.”

According to Fayed, “intermittent fasting helps the individual control his appetite, as after hours of stopping eating, the body depletes its sugar stores, and then begins the process of burning fat in order to meet its energy needs,” noting that the benefits of this system include “Prevention of infections in the body.”


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