What is intermittent fasting?
Fasting is the voluntary withholding of food for health, spiritual, or other reasons. It is mostly done by those people who are overweight and have a lot of fat stored in their bodies. This fat is burned when you are fasting and provides you with the necessary energy. Intermittent fasting is a very safe practice and there are no reported cases of suffering. Anytime you are not eating, you are intermittently fasting. For instance, if you don’t eat between dinner and breakfast the next day then you are intermittently fasting for approximately 12-14 hours. In this sense, intermittent fasting is considered a part of everyday life.
Intermittent fasting for weight loss
Intermittent fasting allows the body to use its stored energy by various mechanisms such as burning excess body fat. It is very important that you understand that this is normal and humans have evolved to accommodate fasting for shorter periods without risking grave health consequences.
Body fat is a form of food energy which has been stored for future use. In case there comes a time when you don’t find food and you are hungry then your body will survive by burning this fat.
Life is all about balance. Everything in your life must have balance for you to have a sound lifestyle. The same goes for food intake. You must balance eating with fasting. Fasting is the counter of eating and is necessary if you want to have a balanced life. If you are not eating then you are fasting and the balance is preserved.
On the other hand, if you are eating every third hour then your body will be continuously using the energy harnessed from the food intake. If this is the case then there is not much need to burn body fat because your body won’t be storing much. That is why it is recommended by nutritionists and you should adopt this as well.
Benefits of Intermittent fasting
The most obvious benefit of intermittent fasting is weight loss. But there are many other potential benefits as well. These are supported by research and most of these have been reported since ancient times.
In the old days, the fasting period was known as “purification”, “cleanses”, or “detoxification”. But the idea is just the same which is abstaining from eating for a certain period of time. This is mostly done for health reasons. People in the old days believed that this period of
“purification” will clear toxins from their bodies and refresh them. Modern research supports many of their beliefs.
Some other reported benefits of intermittent fasting are:
▪ Weight and body fat loss
▪ Increased fat burning
▪ Lowered blood insulin and sugar levels
▪ Possible reversal of type 2 diabetes
▪ Possible improved mental clarity and concentration
▪ Possible increased energy
▪ Possible increased growth hormone, at least in the short term
▪ Possible an improved blood cholesterol profile
▪ Possible a reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
▪ Possible longer life
▪ Possible activation of cellular cleansing by stimulating autophagy ▪ Possibly reduction of inflammation
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