Intermittent fasting –
I eat for eight hours, and I fast for 16, I can feel the difference.
Before we get into the pros and cons, and if you should do it.
Humans have been doing it for a very long time.
Intermittent fasting is just a rebranding of something that we have already been doing.
Our bodies enter a fasting state every time we’re asleep.
I mean, there’s plenty of times where I had a stressful time,
where I didn’t have time to eat breakfast.
That’s a form of intermittent fasting and our bodies are capable of handling this.
Intermittent fasting is not starving.
When you are fasting, your body is using stored nutrients and stored energy forms to make your body continue to function.
When you’re starving, you’ve run out of those energy sources and are breaking down vital tissues like,
There are many different ways to go about going on one of these diets and that not only makes it confusing for you,
but that also makes it very difficult to research on it to find out how effective it truly is because,
if there are multiple ways to do it, we have to be able to test each one of those ways.
- The 16/8 diet, which is not eating during 16 hours of the day.
- Alternate day fasting where you eat one day, fast the other day.
- 5:2 where two days of the week that you’re fasting.
There’s no hard and fast rule saying that this is the correct way of doing it.
You may be wondering how is IF (Intermittent fasting) beneficial to me?
many of them have been proven within animal studies or lab models.
Now, those benefits include:
- Increased mental sharpness
- A favourable hormonal profile
- Weight loss
- Decreases of inflammation within the body
- Decreases of certain diseases within the body
How can IF help you lose weight?
What can we use as a metaphor here?
- We have benefits for the brain
- Benefits for weight loss
- Benefits for disease prevention
- More autophagy, which is the removal of cellular waste,
- More production of neurotrophic factors, which protect your brain.
- And a favourable hormonal profile with increases in human growth hormone and norepinephrine.
- Primarily, there’s not enough guidance on what you should eat.
- Second, we don’t know which form of Intermittent fasting is best.
- Third, there are some side effects when you are fasting.
- Mental fog
- Heartburn, etc.
- Four, we don’t know the consequences of following an intermittent fasting diet long term.
Most, of these studies, are done in the short term.
- Five, it’s not easy for everybody to fight off those cravings on fasting days.