Intermittent fasting has recently gained popularity around the world. It is not a diet but an eating pattern that can help lose weight, improve metabolism, protect against chronic diseases and may even extend your lifespan. Let’s take a look at what intermittent fasting is and how to go about it.
You must have heard that breakfast is a must as soon as you wake up. After all, you need to fuel your body after a long night’s sleep for the busy day. Familiar with the saying “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”? But what if we tell you to deliberately delay the first meal of your day (or in other words, skip your breakfast) and see some amazing things happening to your body?
And this is exactly what intermittent fasting is.
It refers to an eating pattern where you delay the first meal of your day and consume your calories within a specified time of the day. Also, you choose not to eat for a more significant part of your day. So as you delay your breakfast, you have an early dinner and spend most of your 24-hour cycle fasting.
According to research, this eating pattern can improve metabolism, enhance physical and mental performance, result in weight loss and extend lifespan.
Intermittent Fasting – How to go About it?
Intermittent fasting is not a diet. It is an eating pattern, and there are several ways you can go about it. Let’s get started.
As the name suggests, the 16:8 method is all about having meals within the specified 8 hours of your day while continue to fast for the remaining 16 hours. So if you take the first meal of your day at noon, then your last meal so be no later past 8 p.m. And within this 8-hour window, you can plan between 2-3 meals.
For people who are used to having breakfast and feel hungry, especially in the morning, this can be a difficult way of life. But once the body gets used to it, you will feel more energetic and mentally alert.
An important thing to remember is though you can eat during the 8 hours, you need to ensure that your diet includes more fiber and less fats. Also, try an incorporate healthy fats in your diet such as avocados and olive oil and avoid junk food to cut down on excessive calories.
Eat Stop Eat
Another way to go about intermittent fasting is to have a complete 24-hour fast twice a week. So if you finish your dinner at 8 p.m. today, you will not eat anything throughout the next day and the only meal of your day would be dinner so you complete a 24-hour fast. But you don’t have to do this every day. Doing this twice a week while eating normally on rest of the days can have incredible results on your health.
There are many other ways to go about intermittent fasting. While some go for alternate day fasting, others go for warrior diet and spontaneous meal skipping. Regardless of whatever approach you use for intermittent fasting, it is believed to be an effective way of losing weight, and getting some real health benefits. The key, however, is to keep a check on what you eat. If you drink plenty of fluids, avoid junk foods and eat only when allowed, you are sure to enjoy the health benefits of intermittent fasting.