What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent Fasting is a dieting regime and it widely popular at the moment. It involves a specific way of eating, you have times of fasting and times of eating. It does not really specify what types of food you should eat (healthy is best though) but rather specifies what time you should eat them. You have probably heard of many fasting for 16 hrs in a 24 hour period. Most people would complete a fasting day twice within a week.
Fasting has been around for years. Back in the Hunter gatherer days they would go periods of fasting purely for the fact that they could not find food. Then when they did catch and find a feed they would have days of eating and nourishing the body. And when they where in a fasting state ( as in hunting for the next catch) their bodies could function just fine. Humans can survive for some time without food. It is believed that fasting from time to time is more natural then having 3 meals a day. I naturally eat like this during my week. Some days, especially after huge training days I don’t feel hungry, in which case I don’t eat much. I listen to my body a lot, I eat when i am hungry, I sleep when I am tired and I run when I need to burn off steam. As humans we complicate things a lot and make situations harder then what they need to be.
There are actually several different ways you can implement Intermittent Fasting.
Which involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8hrs. So eating between 12-8pm and then fasting again til 12pm the following day.
This is a complete fast for 24hrs. Which some people complete 2 times a week either consecutive or non conservative.
This is method involves more calorie counting. You consume 500-600 calories on two no consecutive days and eat normally for the other 5 days.
Choosing the right method for you is by individual choice and what is more sustainable. All the methods have seen similar results. So it is best to go with trial and error (give them a go) to see which best suits you. Find what method fits well with your lifestyle and your working situation.
The results from many studies on Intermittent Fasting have seen to have some powerful benefits for your mind body. Results have shown to help with weight loss, reduce insulin resistance and may reduce your bad cholesterol levels. Some studies have also shown a reduction in hormonal imbalances. Even though Intermittent Fasting has been around for years and there is research to back up the results, you should never embark on such a change and or process just because a friend has or you have seen it on the internet. I highly recommend you consult a Doctor before embarking on such dietary changes.