Intermittent fasting is certainly not for everyone; individuals who are pregnant, have diabetes, or have struggled with disordered eating should not follow any intermittent fasting lifestyle.
Here are my top 3️⃣ possible side effects of intermittent fasting and how they impact mental health….
1️⃣ Brain Fog and other cognitive side effects 🧠 The brain and body have to adjust to not getting consistent fuel every couple hours, this can lead to blood sugar swings, mood changes, headaches and even fuzzy thinking.
2️⃣Feelings of frustration or failure 😣
For most people it’s not natural to go 5+ daytime hours without eating, feeling frustrated by the demanding structure of IF could lead to eating between meals, or binge eating, followed by feelings of guilt and disappointment.
3️⃣ Can lead to eating disorders and disordered eating tendencies 🍽
Only eating between certain time windows may limit many opportunities for eating, and therefore lead to the under consumption of food and calories.
Some people may develop eating disorders or disorder eating tendencies due to the stress and hyperfocus on food, calories and the time.
Furthermore, following this structure may lead to ignoring of bodily cues of hunger and fullness.
Food may be viewed less important as following the structure is, and may consciously or unconsciously under eat for their body‘s needs, leading to physical, emotional, and hormonal side effects, such as loss of menstruation, hair loss, and dis regulated blood sugars.
💯 Keeping up with ANY strict way of eating is difficult.
🎯 To build a better relationship with food, you might consider trying mindful eating practice or intuitive eating.