8 signs your intermittent fasting diet has become unsafe or unhealthy
- Intermittent fasting, a dieting plan that oscillates between defined periods of eating and not eating, has become an overwhelming trend among celebrities, tech moguls, and others.
- Though the benefits of intermittent fasting are still being studied, there's evidence that the practice has negative side effects, such as hair loss, anxiety, and stress.
- These symptoms could be a sign that it's time to quit your diet.
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But, like any diet, intermittent fasting can give rise to extreme eating habits. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who subscribes to a fasting routine, eats a single meal on weeknights followed by a weekend-long deficit - what some nutrition experts consider a sign of an eating disorder.In some cases, the negative side effects of fasting could outweigh any potential benefit. Here are a few signs that an intermittent fasting routine is unsafe or unhealthy.
If you're always worried about what to eat next, it could be a sign of orthorexia.
Intermittent fasting can disrupt your sleep, which is critical to health.
It could also make you less aware or alert.
Your diet shouldn't include self-shaming or guilt if you break the fast too early.
Intermittent fasting can increase levels of cortisol, making you stressed.
If you lose your period or experience hair loss, it could be related to fasting.
Anxiety, depression, or anti-social feelings could be a tip-off that your diet isn't healthy.
If you're feeling "hangry," you might want to consider calling it quits.
Bottom line: Humans need fuel to stay healthy, so we should listen to what our bodies need and not create hard-and-fast rules surrounding eating habits.
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