The Intermittent Fasting diet has lately been subject to much attention, but this is not a new concept at all. In fact, you could say that this is an ancient concept as it has been around throughout all human history.
It’s said that intermittent fasting, if done right, carries significant benefits. These include:
- Weight loss
- Increased energy
- Reversal of type 2 diabetes
- Improved blood sugar control
But does Intermittent Fasting mean?
Contrary to what you might think, intermittent fasting is far different from starvation. The last is neither voluntary nor controlled.
On the other hand, the 16/8 intermittent fasting diet rather limits all calorie-containing food and beverages to 8 hour windows per day. That is, you would be abstaining from food for the other 16 hours. You can practice the cycle as consistently as you would like – from once or twice a week to everyday.
Contrary to other diets, which usually come with significant restrictions, the 16/8 intermittent diet is super easy to follow and grants you very good results.
At its very core, the goal of fasting is to burn fat. When you think about it, body fat is just food energy that our body stores away. If you don’t eat, then your body will resort to this stored energy.
Sounds amazing, right? Nonetheless you should remember, life is about balance. Simply put, our body exists in two states:
- Fed state (insuline high) – happens when we eat more than our body requires. Hence, we produce too much energy to be transformed into glycogen, so it transforms into body fat;
- Fasting state (insuine low) – happens when we fast. The low levels of insulin signal our body to start burning stored energy, as none is coming through food.
So if you are always eating, from the minute you wake up up until going to bed, then you are not allowing your body to fast. In time, what this means is you’ll be constantly storing energy, and burning none. Hence, you have no balance.
Here are some success cases of intermittent fasting.
Howbeit its benefits, intermittent fasting is not for all. Fasting is not advised if you are pregnant, underweight, breastfeeding or under 18 y/o.