Fasting after the holidays is useless and harmful. The expert's opinion

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After the Christmas binges there are those who think that a restorative fast can be used to avoid excessive weight gain. But is it really so? To dispel this myth, an expert from the Higher Institute of Health thinks that fasting in order to lose weight is not only useless but also potentially harmful.



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After the Christmas binges there are those who think that a fasting repairman can serve to avoid excessive weight gain. But is it really so? To dispel this myth, an expert from the Higher Institute of Health thinks that fasting in order to lose weight is not only useless but also potentially harmful.



Marco Silano, director of the Food, Nutrition and Health Operational Unit of the ISS, warns against the practice of do-it-yourself fasting. According to the expert:

"Fasting in anticipation of a binge or after a binge is a behavior that not only serves no purpose, but is also harmful because it further worsens the hormonal structure, especially insulin, and makes us hungrier than to that induced over time when you have regular meals ".

This is obviously true not only during the holidays, in fact fasting is not functional to weight loss but rather to act on the hormonal structure. Furthermore, as the expert also recalls, one should practice for health purposes only if followed by a doctor in order to avoid contraindications and be sure to have a body able to withstand the stress to which it is subjected.

What can we do to avoid getting fat during the holidays

Avoiding fasting, to limit the damage of the holidays and avoid the risk of finding ourselves with too many extra kilos at the end of lunches and dinners we should instead, according to Silano:

  • Avoid double portions
  • Avoid bread to accompany sauces and dips
  • Avoid foods rich in sugars (including fresh fruit, especially the sweeter one)
  • Limit the portions of sweets
  • Drink little alcohol
  • Moving between meals (just walking is fine too)

Then pay attention to ...

Beyond weight gain, there are some risks associated with food consumption that are more frequent right around the holidays. Pay particular attention to possible food poisoning. To avoid them:

  • never interrupt the cold chain by keeping the foods that need it always in the refrigerator
  • keep leftovers in the fridge, consuming them in a short time and avoiding moving them from outside to inside too many times
  • beware of freezing and thawing practices. Storing food incorrectly exposes you to the risk of bacterial contamination
  • also pay attention to preparations that require raw ingredients such as eggs in mayonnaise or tiramisu, in fact these are particularly at risk of microbiological contamination.

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