You’ve been hearing the term “intermittent fasting” at the gym, at the grocery store and among your fitness-savvy friends. You have been wondering about the details of this latest health craze and if it can give you the energy you need while keeping your waist line in tact. OneLife Health & Wellness looks deeper into the pros, cons, concerns and benefits to help you determine if this fitness trend will fit into your lifestyle. Potential benefits include:
- Fat loss & increased muscle
- Increase in Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
- Improvement in insulin sensitivity & reduce insulin resistance
- Cellular repair
- Weight loss
- Reduces inflammation in the body
- May protect against Alzheimer’s by increasing the BDNF brain hormone
- Cardiovascular and heart benefits
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
We all have those friends who can chug beer and burgers with the best of us and never seem to have any metabolism or weight concerns. When you finally ask them what their magic secret is, they let you in on their master plan…intermittent fasting. This refers to eating at specific times to maximize periods of fasting between meals. Touted to be excellent for longevity, weight loss, energy and even your brain, it is no wonder this trend has taken over the globe.
Eating Pattern Vs. Diet
The intermittent fasting craze doesn’t depict which types of food one should consume but rather, when you should eat instead; hence, it is referred to as an eating pattern instead of a diet. People have been practicing various types of fasting since the dawn of time. Many seek it out to improve their health, to survive on fewer calories, simplify their lifestyle, and to give their digestion a break.
Different Types of Intermittent Fasting Schedules
There are common intermittent fasting intervals that include fasting for 24 hours, two days a week or daily fasts of 16 hours that people delve into. Some of the most common intermittent fasting schedules include:
- Eat-Stop-Eat refers to the 24 hour fasting once or twice a week and eating like normal on subsequent days.
- The 16/8 Or Leangains Protocol refers to fasting for 16 hours (including when you are sleeping), and limiting your eating to an 8 hour period for example between 1pm and 9pm. This is the most popular method to maintain.
- The 5:2 Diet refers to limiting you caloric intake 500 to 600 calories on two consecutive days of the week and eating normally for the other 5 days.
Keep Your Lifestyle Healthy For Best Results
OneLife Health & Wellness recommends starting slowly when you are considering any major dietary changes. It may be wise to discuss intermittent fasting benefits and precautions, pros and cons with your doctor or nutritional advisor prior to starting. Ensure you have lots of fresh, clean water on hand for any fasting situation. Our brain often interprets dehydration signals initially as hunger. If you are feeling light-headed or ravenous when you start fasting, try drinking a bunch of water to see if you feel better.
Preparing To Fast
It may be counter-intuitive to enjoy a beef roast supper with all of the trimmings and then jump head first into a fast the next day. Everyone is different and be prepared that it may take some time to adjust to your new intermittent fasting schedule. As your digestion has been in a restful state during the fast, it may be kinder to your system to reintroduce fruits, veggies and high fiber meal options prior to jumping back on the heavy steak train. Nutritious soup broths and certain herbal teas can be helpful when starting and stopping your fasting routine.
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