Intermittent Fasting and it’s health benefits
Fasting means be deprived of all or some kinds of food, especially for medical or experimental reasons.
I will begin a series today on intermittent fasting and how it affects our health especially in the light of weight loss.
In this first part of the series, I shall give an overview of what intermittent fasting is all about. I hope you learn something from it. Your comments are welcome as well.
Let’s get started..
Let us do some word study here :
Intermittent means occuring at regular intervals
This doesn’t negate the spiritual connotation attached to fasting in the light of each religion. Moreover, there is a deprivation in fasting in that you abstain from food and drink right?
The merging of these two words therefore implies regular deprivation of meals at certain intervals or for a particular period time.
It is important that the time be made regular because the body adapts to whatever we tell it to adapt to. For example, if you are adapting 7am — 12noon, stick to it because with time, your body gets used to it and you won’t get hungry until that time of the day. The day you change, there will be war within your body.
Intermittent fasting (IF) is an umbrella term for various diets that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting. Intermittent fasting can be used along with calorie restriction for weight loss.
People have come with different technique to losing weight. The no-fat, all-fat, cabbage-soup, six-small-meals, raw-veggies-no-dressing, gluten-free eating plans supposedly proven to help you lose weight fast.
What if I told you that the same result is achievable by skipping meals and eating little or no calories?
For some, intermittent fasting, or going a longer period of time — usually between 14 and 36 hours — with very few to no calories, can actually be a lot easier than you may think, and the benefits might be worth it. By the way, don’t you think we fast every day? This happens when sleep just the period is what differs.
As far back as the 1930s, scientists have been exploring the benefits of reducing calories by skipping meals. During that time, one American scientist found that significantly reducing calories helped mice live longer, healthier lives. More recently, researchers have found the same in fruit flies, roundworms and monkeys. Studies have also shown that decreasing calorie consumption by 30 to 40 percent (regardless of how it’s done) can extend life span by a third or more. Plus, there’s data to suggest that limiting food intake may reduce the risk of many common diseases. And some believe fasting may also increase the body’s responsiveness to insulin, which regulates blood sugar, helping to control feelings of hunger and food cravings.
The five most common methods of intermittent fasting try to take advantage of each of these benefits, but different methods will yield better results for different people. Any of the methods must work for you naturally without you forcing it. You must a method that works for you otherwise it’s not sustainable and the benefits of your fasting may be short-lived.
Each method has a guideline so you can get the best from whichever you have chosen. You must also have a goal and be ready for some lifestyle changes.
I shall continue from here in the next post.
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