Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It does not say anything about which foods to eat, but rather when you should eat them. There are several different intermittent fasting methods, all of which split the day or week into eating periods and fasting periods.
What is the premise of intermittent fasting?
The premise is that a minimum of an 8 hour span is necessary in order for your body to assimilate and metabolize the foods you eat. It is believed that all modern illness is due to overeating and that in 6 weeks these illnesses can be surmounted by fasting intermittently.
Benefits of intermittent fasting:
It improves fat burning in the body. It is seen that many participants lose about 10% of their waist circumference. This is due to reductions in insulin and increases in growth hormone. Intermittent fasting can also decrease insulin levels and lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.
Slows the ageing process
It slows the aging process. It is said to keep the mitochondria in a youthful state, and literally rejuvenates our bodies by triggering detoxification.
Intermittent fasting reduces inflammation, hence chronic disease are reversed. And health is restored. Intermittent fasting reduces the release of free radicals. Intermittent fasting along with increased water consumption will help eliminate inflammation in many individuals.
Improves brain function
Intermittent fasting improves brain function. People who try intermittent fasting report feeling sharper minded and focused.
Reduces the risk of Heart disease and Diabetes
Intermittent fasting reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Reduces oxidative stress in the body
Intermittent fasting reduces oxidative stress as a result of which chronic diseases are ameliorated.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It has become quite popular in recent times and there is a lot of research to suggest that it is beneficial to the body.