By Marli Naidoo
Intermittent fasting is currently one of the most popular health trends in the world. It is not only used to lose weight, but also promotes health and a simplified way of life. It therefore is not a diet, but rather a lifestyle.
All kinds of changes take place in our bodies when for certain periods we don’t eat, to allow our bodies to flourish during times of famine. This has to do with hormones, genes and procedures of recovery. During fasting periods our bodies receive a heightened amount of growth hormone and our blood sugar and insulin levels fall considerably. Our bodies also go into detoxification. Some people experience clearer thinking and better concentration, while others experience a turn-about of two types of diabetes. Intermittent fasting can possibly improve cholesterol levels, and lower the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation is also combated.
There are many different methods of applying intermittent fasting, but each one consists of set intervals of fasting and eating. We fast in any case while sleeping. You will therefore merely lengthen this fasting period. You can skip breakfast, have your first meal of the day during lunch, and then your last meal of the day around eight o’ clock in the evening. This comes down to your fasting 16 hours per day. This is the most popular type of fasting, known as 16/8. The eat-stop-eat method is when you fast once or twice per week for a 24-hour period. The 5:2 method entails that you take in only 500-600 calories on two days of the week. However, there are many methods with different intervals. The best method is the one that suits your lifestyle, health level and expectations the best.
During your eating period it is beneficial to eat healthily. During your fasting period you can drink water, tea and coffee. It is important to stay hydrated at all times.
It sounds more difficult than it is. Most people find it easy to adapt to and generally feel healthier and more energetic.
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