Intermittent Fasting or IF for short is not a diet or starvation process. It is an eating pattern. When one fasts and also reduces their calorie intake, it can lead to a healthier and prolonged life. Take note that our ancestors before us were gatherers and hunters. They did not have meals all the time and what they ate were based on what was available. With that being said, it means that our bodies are actually also designed to go for a few hours without eating. It can survive without having three square meals a day. Living the IF Life has many benefits which will be explained down below.
1. You keep yourself full. Some people think that fasting or dieting for that matter is equal to starvation. However, when Intermittent Fasting is done, Ghrelin which is a hormone that signals hunger adjusts to the new way of eating of the body which is why you will not feel hungry.
2. You will have better focus and improved concentration. When fasting, catecholamines, which is another hormone of the body is produced more. Therefore, the end result is that you will be more focused on what you are doing.
3. You will have more energy. Since you will not eat as much, there will be less wavering of blood sugar levels. This means that real energy will be more consistent. Plus, you lessen the risk of getting diabetes. You can also exercise while you are on fast which will actually boost your body’s potential to burn more fats. A growth hormone is increased when you fast which help burn calories.
4. You burn more fat which means weight loss. Since you eat less and are taking in fewer calories, your body will turn into body fat to burn for energy instead of taking the energy from the food that is otherwise eaten on a regular basis if you are not on Intermittent Fasting. This also means that your body will show more of fits lean muscle mass. On a side note, if you are fasting for about 16 hours, your body is already consuming body fat.
5. You will also be able to benefit from the following:
• Less glucose in the blood and better insulin levels
• Less inflammation
• Protection against diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancers
How to Start
Seeking the help of a professional is advisable before you start fasting. However, you can start by choosing a day to skip breakfast. You can choose to have water or tea in lieu of breakfast. As you progress, try to go further by skipping lunch. If you feel that you need to eat or are feeling anxious, you can take a normal sized meal.