Intermittent fasting: What is the diet popularized by Jennifer Aniston about?


The well-known actress a couple of years ago, in an interview for the English magazine Radio Times, revealed that one of her secrets to keep fit is the practice of intermittent fasting

The renowned Hollywood actress, Jennifer Aniston, well known for her role as Rachel in Friends and for numerous films around the world, a couple of years ago, in an interview for the English magazine Radio Times, revealed that one of his secrets to stay in shape is the practice of intermittent fasting.

“I wake up around nine every day and only eat liquids, like juice and coffee. But I drink coffee after my meditation session, exercise and after feeding the dogs. Fortunately, the hours of sleep are counted as part of the fasting period. You just have to delay breakfast until 10″He then told about the regimen he adopted to maintain his weight.

He added: “I drink coffee after my meditation session, exercise and after feeding the dogs. Fortunately, the hours of sleep are counted as part of the fasting period.”

With a relatively early last meal of the day and a mid-morning breakfast, it seems like a sustainable practice and not that difficult to stick to. But what is it really about?

Intermittent fasting reserves the consumption of food to eight hours in the day and he proposes to fast the remaining sixteen. It is not considered a diet but one more tool that contributes to improving behavior towards food.

Its advantages, linked to health, promoted its practice, which must be followed under professional control. “Benefits have been shown in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. It has been possible to observe the decrease in body weight, insulin sensitivity, blood pressure and inflammatory processes”, explained to the newspaper La Nación, the graduate in nutrition Jorgelina Latorraga, head of the Food and Nutrition service of the Finochietto Sanatorium and member of the ASE Nacional Wellness medical team.

What does intermittent fasting do in the body?

As the hours go by without eating, blood glucose drops, and then the body is forced to mobilize fats. This activates the metabolism of fats, which remains awake and remains accelerated. “If you eat every so often, your metabolism doesn’t wake up. Above all, if you are a sedentary person”, Latorraga detailed.

Its effectiveness in weight loss is proven, but it has no difference with the achievements of a restrictive diet. The nutrition specialist advises against intermittent fasting for those pursuing an aesthetic goal. Instead, she indicates it for a health issue for sedentary people with slow digestion problems, or with insulin resistance. “The benefits of intermittent fasting are based on the caloric restriction caused by skipping regular meals, such as snacks, snacks and breakfast, as occurs in restrictive diets”, Latorraga warned.

The nutritionist discourages intermittent fasting as a practice sustained only for a time, in order to “getting into a garment, in people who only think about eating like before” because he considers it a waste of time. And he warns that, carried out without professional follow-up, it can produce unwanted consequences, such as lack of concentration, irritability and hunger “because we have glucose-dependent organs, such as the brain, so some people, for example, a surgeon, could lower their performance when their pulse trembles “he added.

It is discouraged for many people

There are people in whom the habit is definitely discouraged, such as “in patients with type 1 diabetes since it could generate hypoglycemia; in pregnant women because the baby needs glucose and the mother could also faint due to hypoglycemia; and, without a doubt, it is not recommended for people who are not clear about their body image, since in this way they add information for their mental objective, which is what happens in eating behavior disorders, where all the information on diets and products ‘ magical’ are negative for these people, who do not know how to handle it”, the specialist listed.

For these reasons, it emphasizes the importance of carrying out the fastor intermittent under supervision and keep in mind that all the famous people and athletes who adopt it do so with professional control.

In certain cases, Latorraga tilts the balance in his favor. “It is important to recognize how much we are moving in our daily lives and, consequently, to think that, if I no longer go to the office because of the home office, if I do not walk to school because my children grew up, if I do not get up early because I’m already retired, if I don’t do sports anymore because I work in the office ten hours a day and then I get in the car, then maybe it’s time to restrict some food because I don’t need it like before “, the nutritionist doctor reflected.

In any of those cases, He suggests having an early dinner, avoiding snacks before going to bed and having a light breakfast or limited to simple sweetened infusions. “This saves a little calories and forces the body a little to mobilize fats due to the lack of available blood glucose,” he concluded. And he re-emphasized that always before adopting any new regimen, it is necessary to consult with a professional.