The Truth About Intermittent Fasting
Some folks hear about intermittent fasting and dismiss it immediately as just another fad or internet diet trend - But the truth is, as extreme as it sounds, it’s still a far better option compared to most other diets you pay for or see on social.
By sticking to a strict eating window each day and fasting for a long stretch between, intermittent fasting provides real, actionable benefits for the human body by forcing you to eat strategically instead of constantly.
Let’s break it down...
As opposed to most diets that restrict what you can eat, intermittent fasting instead has you control when you eat. In a nutshell, those who fast intermittently only eat during specific times of the day.
By fasting for some hours every day or only eating meals on a few days of the week, your body regularly experiences natural fat-burning cycles and experiences numerous other health benefits.
Basically, your body will naturally burn the most available fuel source it can find on hand. If you constantly eat new food, your body can use these food items as fuel. But by avoiding eating for certain segments of the day or week, your body exhausts the available sugar and carb stores that it got from its last meal and begins burning fat for fuel instead.
As you fast, your body burns more calories by using up the food you absorbed during your last meal and continuing to burn fat.
Intermittent fasting can be done with different schedules depending on your daily routine or what feels most comfortable. 16/8 fasting is one of the most popular methods – in this case, fasters eat for 8 hours and fast for 16. This doesn’t mean that they eat across all the eight hours, of course: just that they only eat one or two meals during that eight-hour window.
You can also use the 5:2 method. With this schedule, intermittent fasters eat regularly five days during the week. For the last two days, they limit themselves to a single 500 or 600 cal meal per day.
Intermittent fasting in either of these two ways is important since it avoids the potential negative side effects of going too long without food. If you fast for too long, your body may accidentally begin to store more fat as part of a response to perceived starvation.
The aforementioned nice thing about intermittent fasting is that you can eat whatever you want! While you should still, of course, avoid eating too much sugar or fat, you can eat your regular diet without worrying about putting on weight.
Because intermittent fasting doesn’t have many dietary restrictions or require you to eat certain types of food, it’s a dieting method that can work for just about everyone. Those who do have special dietary needs, like diabetics, may need to be careful, of course. But in general, intermittent fasting is a solid dieting lifestyle that is already provided numerous benefits for millions of people.
Beyond weight loss, those who fast intermittently also report benefits like:
- Better heart health
- Better physical performance even while losing fat
- Better memory and cognitive function
All in all, intermittent fasting is far from an Internet fad and is more likely a lifestyle closer to that experienced by our ancient ancestors.
Give it a try if you’re interested in feeling better, getting control over your eating routines, or losing weight. We reckon you’ll find it to be a great change!
Thank you for reading,
Justin | Author
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