Fasting isn’t a new concept. For centuries, people have temporarily restricted their food intake for religious reasons. In the past few years, intermittent fasting — when you don’t eat for anywhere from 16 – 48 hours (or more) — has gained traction for its incredible effects on disease and aging.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is the process of cycling in and out of periods of eating and not eating. Although people do experience weight loss with intermittent fasting, it is less of a diet plan and more of a lifestyle choice to reap some incredible health benefits.
There are different intermittent fasting methods. These are:
- 5:2: This method allows you to eat normally five days a week. The other two days are your fasting days, although you do still eat. Just keep it between 500 and 600 calories.
- Eat-stop-eat: With this one, you restrict all food for 24 hours, once or twice a week.
- 16/8: You eat all of your daily calories within a shortened period — typically 6 to 8 hours — and fast for the remaining 14 to 16 hours. You can do this every day, or a few times a week.
Health benefits of intermittent fasting
Switching to an intermittent fasting diet expands your limits and boosts your performance in a number of ways. Here are some of the powerful benefits of intermittent fasting:
- Boosts weight loss
- Increases energy
- Promotes cellular repair and autophagy (when your body consumes defective tissue in order to produce new parts)
- Reduces insulin resistance and protects against type 2 diabetes
- Lowers bad cholesterol
- Promotes longevity
- Protects against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- Improves memory and boosts brain function
- Makes cells more resilient
Intermittent fasting is a simple way that can have a profound impact on your life. It sounds difficult but it truly makes a difference.
I decided I need to take back my life and went on it for 3 weeks. The results, weight loss though not much because I still have to deal with my thyroid, but I got my blood sugar under control and I am out being in the danger zone with diabetes. My energy level has come back, but the best part is you can have cheat days where you can have sugar. This was about health and taking back control.