Intermittent Fasting: Is it all hype?
Intermittent Fasting - What is the hype all about?
It is a plain and easy concept, folks- Intermittent fasting is a diet mode which makes you set up a cycle of fasting and eating. This diet basically controls when you eat something and for how long you need to go without eating anything!
Intermittent fasting comes in many forms, the most famous out of which is the 16/8 method. Basically, you fast for 16 hours and your eating schedule is squeezed into an 8 hour period. Meaning, you sleep (that counts as fasting too) for say, 8 hours. Then you skip breakfast and go about your day. You have your lunch at 1 p.m. and dinner and 8 p.m. and then you revert back to not eating anything.
The rules are pretty simple, don’t eat or anything that has calories in this 16-hour period. You can have water, coffee or tea or any beverage with zero calories. You can take supplements as well, during the fasting period making it easier and more effective. For example, taking exogenous ketones can curb your hunger, provide instant energy for your brain (say goodbye to lethargy), and accelerate your fat loss by putting your body in an instant state of ketosis! Some intermittent fasting methods do allow light or low calories snacks and fruits though, however, you need to make sure you don’t exceed the said calorie limit.
So what good is intermittent fasting anyway?
Research and experiences of people, scientists, and celebrities suggest that intermittent fasting is the ultimate deal if you want to lose weight, maintain a diet or maintain your health in general. Here are some benefits that might actually make you want to try it for yourself!
1. Intermittent fasting allows you to lose weight without restricting what you eat.
As stated earlier, intermittent fasting does not really direct you what to eat in your non-fasting periods, it just dictates your eating schedule. Usually, diets are unsuccessful because of counting calories, being on constant watch on what you are eating breeds a lot of stress. Intermittent fasting does not burden you, you just need to keep your eating schedule in time. Rather than counting calories and stressing out on dinners with friends, you just have to coordinate schedules. Easy breezy, right?
2. Intermittent fasting helps you to lower the risk of many diseases.
Yes, and that’s medically proven! Intermittent fasting helps you lower the risk of developing diabetes. A large chunk of the population is pre-diabetic, that is, if they don’t take the necessary precautions, they are quite likely to develop the disease full on within a short period of time. Insulin is a chemical that the body releases to break down the sugar you eat and its release becomes dangerously low when you don’t watch what you eat, making you diabetic. Different researches have been conducted proving that intermittent fasting actually helps to elevate insulin secretion and helps pre-diabetic patients maintain a healthy lifestyle.
3. Intermittent fasting is to metabolic diseases like garlic is to vampires.
It does ward off metabolic diseases like magic, guys. Intermittent fasting fixes your metabolic system, helps you fix digestion problems and fixes your blood sugar level by articulating insulin secretion. It also helps you fix your sleep cycle, which in turn gives a boost to your metabolic system.
Moreover, intermittent fasting is known to lower the risks of cardiovascular diseases. The key to a healthy heart and normal blood pressure is a healthy and active lifestyle, a good metabolic system, limited alcohol intake and refraining from smoking. Intermittent fasting covers quite a few of those aspects - fixes your sleep schedule and diet, helps you with your digestive system and switches up your healthy lifestyle game.
4. It slows down aging.
Intermittent fasting restricts your calorie intake indirectly, that is similar to maintaining a low-calorie diet. All these factors aid in slowing down the aging process and makes your body capable of fighting diseases and combating stress.
A number of research studies conducted on intermittent fasting suggest that this method of dieting works for a majority of people and cherry on top, it’s convenient.
So, when are you giving it a shot?