Intermittent Fasting 101

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What’s all the buzz about Intermittent Fasting, and why should anyone who’s serious about losing fat, leaning out and getting in super shape give it a second thought?*

Good question.

Intermittent fasting is not a diet. It is a lifestyle choice that has been meticulously scrutinized by both the scientific and medical community. For those looking to lose body fat it has been found to work – amazingly well. And it does it without . . .

  • a restrictive diet
  • calorie counting
  • food cravings
  • loss of muscle tissue or water

But there’s much more to Intermittent fasting than fat loss. Here’s what else it can do for you:

  • Clear out poisonous toxins from your body
  • Reduce inflammation leading to such conditions as asthma, eczema and arthritis
  • Aid in cognitive function
  • Destress the body
  • More effectively fight infections and heal injuries
  • Promote longevity
  • Boots cardiovascular health
  • Support cancer treatment

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

restrictive-dietIntermittent fasting (IF) is the process of strategically cycling periods of eating with periods of non-eating. It doesn’t involve going for days on end without food, but rather it involves adjustments to meal timing in order to effect a range of hormonal responses. As already mentioned, it is not a diet. Rather, it is a way of life, one that is gaining thousands of new recruits from all walks of life every day.

Fasting periods usually range from between 16 and 32 hours, including the hours of sleep. A 16-hour fast can be done on a daily basis. A more extended fast, up to 32 hours, may only take place once a week. Many people go with a couple of 24 fasts each week.

The most popular plan involves not eating breakfast. Instead you eat you first meal around 12 pm. Then, all of your calories are consumed between 12pm and 8pm. Of course, there is room for adjustment (for instance, 11am and 7pm), so long as they are kept within an 8 hour window. Some people prefer to skip dinner and have a decent breakfast in the morning.

3 Key IF Benefits

It Burns Fat

Intermittent Fasting will force your body to use up it’s glycogen store and then turn to it’s fat stores to supply you with the energy that you need. You will, as a result lose weight – not muscle and tissue, but unsightly, unhealthy fat.**

It Detoxifies

how-to-detoxThe primary goal of detoxing is to eliminate toxins from your body. This will improve your energy, give your liver and digestive system a break, clear up your skin, improve your health and lose weight.

When the time rolls around to give your car an oil change, what do you do?

You park it up and stop using it while the maintenance work takes place. If you need to get from A to B you either walk or use another vehicle.

You simply cannot give your car an oil change while running the engine!

The same goes with your body. To effectively clear all of the junk out of it, you’ve got to give it a break. The normal routines of eating and digestion have to stop so that the body can have the time and space to breathe – and cleanse itself.**

That is precisely what Intermittent Fasting will do for your body.

It Makes You Healthy

The healing secret of fasting is it’s ability to de-stress the body. Fasting gives your body a chance to take a break and catch it’s breath. After all, more than 70% of your daily energy expenditure goes to activities like digestion and detoxification. The more we eat, the more we put pressure on the body to continue on this treadmill. By jumping off the treadmill, we give the body the chance to more effectively get rid of toxins.**

Give It a Try

Now that you know the ins and outs of intermittent fasting, why not give it a trial run. Try it for seven days and see whether it gives you more energy, helps you lose weight and generally helps you to feel great. if it does – and we think it will – then you know you’re on to a winner!

Fitness Disclaimer: This website offers health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis treatment. This website does not promise any specific results, as each individual responds differently to training. The author of this article is not a medical professional.

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