What is Intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is currently one hottest new eating regimens. It revolves around an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating.The great news is that it does not specify which foods you should eat but rather when you should eat them.
Why Try It?
The main draw for intermittent fasting is that it may help with weight loss, fat loss, and avoiding type 2 diabetes. Other great benefits include:
- Protection against neurodegenerative diseases
- Dropping insulin levels and increasing human growth hormones
- Reducing insulin resistance and lower blood sugar levels
- Reducing oxidation damage and inflammation in the body
- Reducing risk of heart disease
- Reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Removing waste materials from cells
- Reducing leptin levels, increasing testosterone
Methods of Fasting:
- The 16/8 Method: Fast for 16 hours each day. This means that every day for 14-16 hours you are restricting the times you can eat to 8-10 hours.
- The 5:2 diet: Fast for 2 days per week. For example, you can eat your normal way every day except Mondays and Thursdays. For those two days, you eat two small meals.
- Eat-Stop-Eat: do a 24-hour fast, once or twice a week.
- Alternate-day fasting: Fast every other day
- The Warrior Diet: Fast during the day, eat a huge meal at night eating only small amounts of fruits and vegetables during the day.
- Spontaneous Meal Skipping: Skip meals when convenient.
Ready to Start?
If you're ready to try a more realistic, sustainable, and effective approach to weight loss and diabetes prevention, here are a few resources to help you make your start.
- Intermittent Fasting for Beginners- DietDoctor.com
- How to Fast Safely- Heathline.com
- Managing Hunger During Your Fast-Span.Health