By Brandi Monasco
You have always read that in order to maintain a fast metabolism, you shouldn’t go without food for more than 4 hours at a time. The idea that skipping a meal will cause you to go into starvation mode is absurd. Humans can survive without food for 30-40 days as long as they stay properly hydrated.
Intermittent fasting isn’t starving yourself. In fact, you are actually helping your body.
Intermittent fasting is fasting that lasts for a set amount of hours. It may mean that you don’t eat a few meals one day. For example, you might skip breakfast one day, eat lunch and dinner and then fast through to the following day until lunch time. Intermittent fasting is done differently for everyone.
Here is how intermittent can benefit you:
1. Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight. Of course, when you don’t eat, your body uses what is stored as its energy. But the main thing is that when you fast, you end up eating fewer meals, which means fewer calories. When you fast, your body is able to burn through the fat cells more effectively than it would if you were dieting.
2. Intermittent Fasting Can Help Increase Your Metabolism. Research shows that intermittent fasting actually increases your metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more calories! When you fast, you are doing your digestive system a favor by giving it a short rest. And when you do this, your body burns up those stored calories. It also helps regulate your digestion and helps promote healthy bowel function that improves your metabolic function.
3. Intermittent Fasting Can Reduce Inflammation. Fasting enhances your body’s resistance to oxidative stress, which is the cause of free radicals and can eventually cause damaged cells, leading to disease and illness. Inflammation is caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. When your body is fasting, it enhances its resistance to oxidative stress, which can in turn help fight against inflammation.
4. Intermittent Fasting Improves Your Immune System. When your body is free from radical damage, the inflammation in your body is reduced, causing an increase in your immune system’s function. It is primal instinct for animals and humans to not want to eat when they feel sick. Instead, they focus on resting, which reduces stress and helps your body fight off infection. Having reduced inflammation and reduced free radicals in your body improves your immune system.
5. Intermittent Fasting Improves Your Eating Patterns. When you fast for 12 or even 24 hours, you learn what true hunger is and what you will experience. The hormones in your body that control hunger will basically be “reset” so that your system can regulate the release of the correct hormones. This can help you cut down on binge eating and eating just to eat.
There are 2 ways you can do intermittent fasting:
1. Eat-Stop-Eat Method: Involves fasting for 24 hours straight once or twice a week. For example, you will stop eating after dinner one day and do not eat until dinner the next day.
2. The 16/18 Method: This method involves skipping breakfast and restricting your eating period to 8 hours only. For example, you eat at 12 noon then you do not eat again until 8pm that night. Then you fast for 16 hours in between.
Not eating just for one day is actually not bad for you! In fact, it helps to clean up your body and to regulate the functioning of your organs. However, if you have a condition such as diabetes or hypoglycemia, you might want to check with your doctor before fasting.
Have you ever tried intermittent fasting before? Please share about your experience in the comments below!
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