While weight loss is a huge reason people try intermittent fasting (IF), there are tons of other health benefits. You may experience reduced inflammation, improved digestion, reduced bloating, increased mental clarity, better sleep, and getting a handle on sugar cravings and food addiction.
You’re ready to give it a try, but you need to be aware of some not-so-awesome side effects that you’ll likely experience in the beginning. POPSUGAR caught up with Stephanie Ferrari, a registered dietitian, who said, “Think about it this way — people don’t go from couch potato to triathlete overnight. Your body needs time to acclimate to any extreme changes. So you’re going to experience some side effects when you suddenly stop eating for long periods of time.” These can be unbearable at the beginning, but as long as you know how to deal with them, you’ll be able to stick with IF and reap all the benefits.
Excerpted from PopSugar