This single post will give you everything you need to know to begin with intermittent fasting. What is intermittent fasting, it’s beneficial and also some bonus tips! So, let’s start.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Fasting intermittently is a time you go without food. To achieve cellular repair, the minimum window for intermittent fasting is 16 hours. After some great celebrities have witnessed some great benefits from intermittent fasting, dietary craze turns the fitness world on its sweaty, well-toned head.
Types of Intermittent Fasting:
The two most common types are:
1. 16:8 Strategy – Here you eat for eight hours a day whatever you want, and then fast for the other 16 hours.
2. 5:2 method – You usually eat five days a week and then keep your food intake for the other two days at approximately 500 – 600 calories.
But if you’re just starting off, I suggest you go for the 16-hour intermittent fasting. The best way is to eat dinner at 8 pm, and your next meal should be around 12 or 1 pm the following day.
Intermittent fasting is not only about physical benefits, but also about mental benefits and focus!
Okay, so here’s a list of some awesome benefits of intermittent fasting:
#1. Weight loss of course
One of the most popular reasons for turning to intermittent fasting its potential to promote weight-loss.
Indeed, intermittent fasting can actually help increase weight loss to help you achieve a healthy body weight.
From a practical point of view, it is difficult to constantly limit calories. For this reason, the effects of continuous energy restriction on weight loss compared to intermittent energy restriction (such as intermittent fasting) were compared.
The researchers concluded that intermittent energy restriction is equally effective for weight loss as continuous energy restriction. In addition, the medium to long term application is potentially much more realistic.
In fact, a further step was taken by another study with similar results. While weight loss results were similar, the researchers found that people who were on an intermittent fasting diet could actually preserve muscle mass more effectively than people who constantly limited calories.
Intermittent fasting protects neurons during aging against genetic and environmental stress factors. It increases the sensitivity of insulin, which benefits neurons that stimulate the production of enzymes that help cells cope with stress and combat the disease.
Fasting can also reduce brain function problems and neurodegenerative inflammation disorders.
According to some researchers, intermittent fasting can increase the life of a person by up to 30 percent (if animal studies are an indicator).
Intermittent fasting increases the body’s resistance to stress, which increases people’s longevity.
It helps to protect the body against disease and treat it, which can delay aging.
Intermittent fasting can extend the nervous system’s health by affecting biological conditions.
#4. Helps Prevent Diabetes
Intermittent fasting has significant beneficial effects on levels of blood sugar (blood glucose) and insulin. For people at risk of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, this is good news. Research shows that intermittent fasting and alternative day fasting contribute to reducing risk factors that can lead to diabetes, such as promoting weight loss to achieve a normal, healthy weight.
Studies in rats have shown that intermittent fasting can prevent progression of type 1 diabetic neuropathy. However, more studies must be carried out until we can see whether this benefit applies to humans as well.
#5. Enhanced Concentration
It’s from my personal experience that when I do my morning meditation or fasting at any time of the day, I feel much more deeply connected and dialed-in to the meditation itself.
This may be due to the absence of substances / external stimuli such as food or water that the body needs to allocate resources to processing.
Maybe when the body doesn’t break down nutrients and rest, it has the ability to be much clearer and more efficient in any given task.
Some other physical advantages have a dramatic impact on muscle maintenance. Increase muscle tone and muscle density. In addition, there are other general things that can improve your appearance, such as actually improving your vascular function.
There are also other benefits, such as your nails, your hair, your skin, all sorts of things just because of the nutrient intake that occurs.
So I hope this post has given you a solid perspective on what intermittent fasting is. It’s for everyone, honestly. Intermittent fasting can be used with keto. With paleo, you can use intermittent fasting, being a vegan or anything you want. The thing is intermittent fasting is the proper protocol in which you are not eating versus what you are eating.
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