Fasting has been there since time immemorial. People fast for many reasons. When you are sick and unable to eat, that can be termed as fasting, but only for the wrong reasons. Others fast since they do not have any food to eat. This is a kind of forced fasting. Today, most people fast intentionally and for health purposes.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting involves taking your meals during a set period of time then restricting calories for the rest of the day. For example, you can choose to take your meals within a period of 4 hours and decide not to eat for the remaining 20 hours of your day. Intermittent fasting has gotten so popular, that programmers have come up with many device applications to guide you and keep you on track.
What are the intermittent fasting plans?
With intermittent fasting, you choose what works best for you. Here are some of the popular plans:
- Leangains protocol, – you fast for 16 hours every day
- 5:2 diet (Fast diet) – Fasting for 2 days every week
- Eat stop Eat – Where you do a 24-hour fast once or twice a week
- Alternate day fasting – When you fast one day and skip the next
- The warrior diet – Fast all day then take one huge meal, or fast 20 hours and eat during a 4-hour period
- Spontaneous meal skipping – When you skip taking meals when convenient
Benefits of intermittent fasting
- It helps you lose belly fat
- Lowers insulin resistance thus lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Decreases oxidation stress
- Leads to a healthy heart
- Lowers inflammation
- Leads to healthy brain growth and better brain performance
- Improves immunity to prevent diseases
It’s no secret that intermittent fasting is trending in the wellness industry and circles. It’s one of the few diets that allow you to eat whatever you want. In spite of that, it’s very effective. Including this diet in your lifestyle will result in a significant improvement in your health.