Should you eat less and eat intermittently to be healthy? Well, evidence supporting this practice seems to show that eating at certain hours of the day and/or eating less calories, may actually result in several health benefits that may even include weight loss, increased energy, improvements in Type 2 diabetes and more. This doesn’t even include the savings one may incur when one drastically goes on an intermittent fast.
So, how do you go about it then? Here’s what you need to know about fasting intermittently.
Let it be clear fasting is not Starving
It’s Not Starving
First off, a person interested in practicing intermittent fasting is not starving himself or herself. This is crucial because thinking so gives you a measure of control over the practice. The truth is, it is actually a means of voluntarily withholding sustenance to our bodies for a number of reasons, ranging from the physical (you want to look and feel good), spiritual (you may seek other forms of consciousness) and medical (you may be suffering from a medical condition that can be alleviated only through this dietary intervention).
Fasting Is Normal
Believe it or not, you are most likely already fasting daily. How? Well, by taking breakfast. Breakfast (or breaking the fast), acknowledges the fact that we withhold food from ourselves daily for at least a short period of time. This is important as this knowledge not only gives an individual control over his food intake, but also makes the practice actually a “normal” daily activity with therapeutic potential.
Fasting May Cause Weight Loss and “Purification”
One of the most immediate benefits of fasting is weight loss. It is achieved by abstaining from food for a period of time. Through the years, this period of abstinence has been called by various names of which “cleanses”, “detoxification”, or “purification” come to mind. The idea behind this is that this period (aside from resulting in weight loss) is actually good for an individual as abstinence from food helps prepare the human body to be rid of toxins.
Fasting Results In A Number Of Health Benefits
Evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, fasting has been credited with a host of physical benefits that include: improved mental clarity and concentration, (as mentioned) weight loss, lower blood insulin and sugar levels, reversal of Type 2 diabetes, increased energy, improved fat burning, increased growth hormone, low blood cholesterol, Alzheimer’s preventive, long lifespan, cellular-based cleansing; and reduction in inflammation.
Tired of the so-called “In” diets, well you have a much older (and hence, time-tested) method of becoming healthy through fasting. It is also inexpensive (you don’t have to buy food), and is readily available (you can start anytime.
Pregnant women, breastfeeding women and children are not encouraged to fast
Who Shouldn’t. Generally speaking, people who are underweight, pregnant, breastfeeding and children are not advised to go on a fast. The reasons are varied but are mainly because they need the extra nutrients for a child (Pregnant and Breastfeeding); and are in need of extra nutrients to grow (children). Likewise, people suffering from diabetes, those taking prescription medication and people suffering from gout and high uric acid, may need supervision in order to get green-lighted to undergo fasting.
Fasting and Exercise
Those who intend to fast are encouraged to maintain their regular routines which may include exercising. After all, having a routine can keep the mind off the act of eating. Also, exercising while fasting may complement one’s goal of losing weight—especially if that is one of the goals you might want to achieve, as one’s system will burn your existing body fat for energy—with the loss in curvature just an added bonus.
Of course, there are some “inconveniences” that some people may experience when fasting. These include constipation, headaches, dizziness, heartburn and sometimes even muscle cramps. As such, it is encouraged that people who are fasting drink more water, stay busy, drink beverages like coffee or tea, ride out hunger waves and if possible follow a low-carb diet, between fasting periods.
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