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Intuitive Fasting: Helpful or Harmful?
Maybe you’ve seen the collaboration between Gwyneth Paltrow ofand on the topic of intuitive fasting. The rollout of a new book called by Dr. Cole features a forward by the famous actress, which is meant to bring clout to the content.
Yet, many people are not taking kindly to the output of information, stating that fasting should not be promoted as a safe and healthy option, due to the prevalence of eating disorders and the possibility of introducing disordered eating ideas to a new population or one that is already struggling.
The book offers a “Flexible Four-Week Intermittent Fasting Plan to Recharge Your Metabolism and Renew Your Health.” For those who aren’t aware, intermittent fasting is a popular form of fasting that involves eating only during certain hours of the day, while skipping certain meals and allowing the digestive system to rest and recover during these downtimes.
The practice has been backed by many other integrative and holistic doctors, so this is not a new idea by any means, but is being presented in a refreshed format. Critics say the press garnered by attaching Gwyneth’s name to the product may influence people who are struggling with their self-image to engage in disordered eating. But proponents of fasting claim the practice is not only safe, but also healthy. Fasting has been a prominent practice in many religions and spiritual ceremonies, and has a longstanding history within the holistic and alternative health communities.
When considering any form of fasting, it is important to gain guidance from a healthcare professional to create the best eating plan for your body and lifestyle.
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