There’s a new dieting trend hitting off, and it’s known as intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is where you have a period of eating and then a period of fasting. It’s a great way to aid weight loss and weight balance. It also has many other benefits such as reducing inflammation, managing a healthy heart and balancing blood sugar levels.
what is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting works by your body using the stored energy in the body and burning off excess body fat. The longer the fasting period, the more the body has to use the stored up energy and burn through the excess body fat. However, a regular fasting routine is easier for you, and on your body.
When we eat, it’s broken down into useable energy readily available to use immediately, but not all of it can be used immediately, so whatever isn’t used gets stored in the body. Continually eating doesn’t allow the body to use any of the stored energy or fat. Any period of not eating, whether it be 3 hours or 8 hours is fasting time. Did you know the word ‘breakfast’ literally means to break the fast? Overall, we need to give the body enough fasting time to be using our stored body fat on a regular basis. Whether it’s for weight loss or to maintain general health and wellness.
Humans have been fasting for millennia. In ancient times humans were used to regular fasting due to lack of food. Nowadays it’s still practiced, whether for general health purposes or for spiritual and religious practices. As well as intermittent fasting giving the body a chance to burn excess body fat, it also gives the body a mini detox. The fasting period also gives the body the time to rid it from toxins. When we are not eating, the body has the chance to focus on other things.
starting out Intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting determines when you can eat, not what you can eat. If you’re fasting to aid weight loss, I recommend sticking to healthy eating with lower calories during the eating periods. For quick weight loss I recommend a low carbohydrate diet plan along with an intermittent fasting routine.
At first you may find intermittent fasting hard, and get the odd hunger pang, but your body will quickly adapt and get used to the fasting period. As a result, you won’t feel hungry, you will experience an overall feeling of health and wellness.
My intermittent fasting routine
I personally do the 16/8 fasting routine. This is where you have an 8 hour eating period and 16 hour fasting period. My eating period is from 12.30pm until 8.30pm, I then fast for 16 hours. During the fasting period I drink herbal tea and water. First thing in the morning I drink warm water with a slice of lemon, and then drink water until I eat lunch at 12.30pm. It is important to have no calories during the fasting period, but do make sure to keep hydrated. My first three days were the hardest, after those first days I no longer felt hungry through the morning, and now my body is fully used to it.
intermittent fasting routines
14/10 (beginners) – 10 hour eating period 14 hour fasting
16/8 – 8 hour eating period 16 hours fasting
Alternate Days – Fasting for 24 hours every other day. Eat one day as regular then fast 24 hours and repeat
24hr Fasting – Fasting for 24 hours
5/2 – 5 days eating regular 2 days eating only 600 calories
Skipping Meals – Skip a meal now and then
Warrior Diet – Eat small portions throughout day and a complete dinner
intermittent fasting benefits
Aids weight loss
Improves aging skin
Improves heart health
Helps diabetes, balances blood sugar levels
Improves brain function
Helps clear waste and toxins from body
Enhanced cellular energy
Improves sleep and mental health
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