Intermittent fasting diet for weight loss and gestational diabetes control

Intermittent fasting diet for weight loss and gestational diabetes control
Intermittent fasting diet for weight loss and gestational diabetes control

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy. Women who have gestational diabetes during pregnancy are known to have a tenfold increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Type 2 diabetes can in turn lead to other chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer, but the risk is greater for those who are overweight, therefore, weight loss after gestational diabetes is important to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

According to a new study by thehealthsiteNew research from the University of South Australia suggested that the popular 5:2 intermittent fasting diet is just as effective as a traditional energy-limiting diet for weight loss.

What is the 5:2 diet?

It is a common form of intermittent fasting that involves eating normally for 5 days a week, then restricting calorie intake on the other two days.

How to manage gestational diabetes

Doctors often recommend healthy eating and regular physical activity to control gestational diabetes. Continuous energy-restricted diets – or diets that reduce calories by 25-30% are the most popular strategy for weight loss and diabetes prevention.

What you need to know about the 5:2 diet

The 5:2 diet requires you to reduce the calories you eat on fasting days to 25% or a quarter of what you eat regularly on the remaining days, for example, if you regularly eat about 2,000 calories per day, you should reduce it to 500 calories on fasting days .

Fasting days are not consecutive, you can reduce your calorie intake on Monday and Thursday or Wednesday and Saturday, so your body has the calories and nutrients to thrive.

Also, be sure to eat a healthy diet for the normal 5 days of the 5:2 diet. It may not be helpful if you eat sugary or processed foods for 5 days and then limit calories for only 2 days.

 
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