Intermittent fasting is probably the most problematic health trend right now. It has confused a lot of people, although, in fact, it’s pretty simple. Here’s a breakdown for those of you who are still clueless: Intermittent Fasting is an eating program that alternates between periods of fasting and eating. Yes, Fasting. Here’s what we found out about it:
First of all, let’s talk about the benefits of fasting. Have you ever noticed how you refrain from eating when you feel sick? That’s your body’s natural response to a lack of wellness. In fact, when done the right way, fasting can work wonders for our health. Studies have shown that it lowers the risk of type 2 Diabetes, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome(PCOS) AND Cancer.
Besides, of course, stimulating/encouraging weight loss.
How You Can Do It:
There are around seven methods of doing this program, some of them are extreme so we’ll skip them for ethical reasons.
16:8 method: This method is probably the most popular intermittent fasting method as it is the easiest to follow. People would usually stop eating at 8 pm and start eating again at noon the next day. All you have to do is reduce your eating period to an 8-hour timespan.
No foods are off limits. Read that again. Slowly.
5:2 method: In this diet plan, you are free to eat whatever you want five out of seven days of the week, and consume around 500 calories the other two days. It is however preferred to have at least one eating day between those two days. Btw, Jimmy Kimmel is following the 5:2 diet.
A weekly 24h fast: This method is also known as the Eat-Stop-Eat diet. It involves fasting completely for 24 hours once a week. The way everyone does it is fasting from meal to meal, dinner to dinner for example. You can also have whatever drink you want as long as it is calorie-free.
Still not convinced to start your Intermittent Fasting?
No problem. Here are a few more reasons:
- It increases life expectancy: Intermittent Fasting is proven to help you live longer, without the hassle of eating diet food your whole life. One word: perfect.
- It may reduce the risk of Cancer: This study showed that Intermittent Fasting before chemotherapy would increase cure rates and decrease death numbers.
- Three words: Improved. Blood. Sugar: Intermittent fasting could be a way to manage diabetes through diet. In a study conducted on three people with type 2 diabetes, 3/3 lost weight, their blood glucose was lower, and they were able to stop using insulin after a month of Intermittent Fasting. In one case, the person stopped after Only 5 days.
You’ve seen all the perks you get from Intermittent Fasting -not all actually. A healthier, happier you could be just a couple months away!
So what are you waiting for?