Being stuck inside more than usual, like most of us are, it can be much harder to resist frivolous snacking. And now is the time you may be noticing the consequences of it. You may be feeling more tired and sluggish, or even notice some extra weight. If you haven’t hopped on the fasting trend, maybe now is the time to do so.
WHAT IS FASTING?
Fasting is the choice to abstain from food for a set period of time. As opposed to some opinions around the process, it’ not starvation. We are choosing a time frame to give our bodies a break from eating, which allows for our cells, tissues, and organs to function at their best.
There are different types of fasting. The most popular are the following:
16/8 Method: This involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to just 8 hours per day, such as 12-8 p.m. Then you fast for the remaining 16 hours in between. Most people find this method to be the easiest and simplest to stick to.
Eat-Stop-Eat Method: This method involves fasting for 24 hours once or twice a week.
The 5-2 Diet: In this method, you consume 500-600 calories on two nonconsecutive days of the week and then eat normally the other 5 days.
With any type of fasting, it’s very important to drink plenty of fluids throughout the process.
BENEFITS OF FASTING:
- Promotes blood sugar control by reducing insulin resistance.
- May enhance heart health by improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Boosts brain function and health. May aid in the growth of new nerve cells and possibly protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
- Aids weight loss by limiting calorie intake and boosting metabolism.
- Increases growth hormone secretion, which is vital for growth, metabolism, weight loss and muscle strength.
- Could delay aging and extend longevity. Studies in fasting rats showed that they lived 83% longer lives than the rats that did not fast.
- Although it is still fairly early in the research process, some animal studies suggest that intermittent fasting may help to prevent cancer.
- Decreases Inflammation
IS FASTING FOR EVERYONE?
Most people can fast and receive amazing results and benefits. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should not participate in any fasting regimen. Additionally, if you are malnourished or have a history of eating disorders, you also shouldn’t fast without consulting with a medical professional.
Whether you are trying to lose weight or simply just feel healthier and promote good habits for your future health, fasting is a great way to do both of those things. Speaking from experience, it can be so easy to just eat out of boredom, eat when we aren’t hungry, or just way too much for one meal. Setting a regimen of when you can and can’t eat helps to stay on track to a healthier life.
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