Intermittent fasting is a way of eating in which you eat and don’t eat regularly. Researchers have found that IF can help you control your weight and stop or even reverse some diseases. But how do you do it? How safe is it?
What does it mean to fast sometimes?
Intermittent fasting is a way to lose weight that has nothing to do with your eating. When you do intermittent fasting, you only eat at certain times of the day. You can help your body burn fat by fasting for a certain number of hours or by eating only one meal a few days a week. And some health benefits have been shown by science.
If you eat more calories and don’t move around as much, you may be more likely to get overweight, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses. Studies in science show that IF may help turn these trends around.
How does fasting every so often work?
There are different ways to do intermittent fasting, but they all involve picking regular times to eat and not eat. For instance, you could try to eat only during an eight-hour window every day and not at all during the other 16 hours. You could also go without food for two meals a week.
If you don’t eat for a few hours, your body will start burning fat instead of sugar-called “metabolic switching.”
Intermittent fasting is different from how most Americans usually eat, which is pretty much all the time. If someone eats three meals and snacks every day but doesn’t exercise, they’re running on the calories they get from food but not burning their fat stores. IF helps you lose weight because it gives your body more time to burn off the calories from your last meal and start burning fat
Intermittent Fasting Plans
Before you start fasting on and off, you should talk to your doctor. Once they say yes, the rest of the process is easy. You can choose a daily plan that only lets you eat between 6 and 8 hours daily. For example, you could try 16/8 fasting, where you eat for eight hours and don’t eat for sixteen.
You can drink water and drinks with no calories, like black coffee and tea, when you’re not eating.
I like intermittent fasting because it lets me get back into ketosis if I stop eating Keto for a while.
Most nutrition experts agree that the Mediterranean diet is an excellent way to switch from the Keto, Paleo, or Primal diet, whether you’re trying IF. You can’t go wrong when you choose complex, unprocessed carbs like leafy greens and raw vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein.
Intermittent Fasting Benefits
Researchers have found that short periods of fasting do more than burn fat.
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, intermittent fasting has many health benefits. Some of these things are getting smarter and living longer.
Intermittent fasting can protect organs from chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, age-related neurodegenerative disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and many cancers.
So far, science has found that intermittent fasting has the following benefits:
How you think and remember things. Researchers have found that adults’ working and verbal memories get better when they fast on and off.
A strong heart. Blood pressure, resting heart rate, and other measurements of the heart all got better when people fasted on and off.
Diabetes and being overweight. Researchers found that intermittent fasting kept animals from getting fat. And in six short studies, obese adults who fasted every other day lost weight.
Tissue health. When animals had surgery, intermittent fasting made the damage to their tissues less severe and improved the results.
Some people try intermittent fasting to lose weight, while others do it to treat long-term conditions like IBS, high cholesterol, or arthritis. But not everyone can fast on and off.
Intermittent fasting has many benefits, which is why it’s growing in popularity. If you’re curious about giving IF a try, we can help. Book a call with Rocco today to discuss how he can help you start, and see the amazing results for yourself. What are you waiting for?