Normally, I am just writing about the health facts you need to know. Today, I thought, let me see what all the fuss is about. Have you tried Intermittent Fasting or IF? It’s not new, I know that, but I stumbled on it while surfing Facebook and it caught my attention.
I’ve looked into fasting and cleanses before and I will be honest, I’ve never really been for it. The 72 hours fast and various liquid cleanses left me feeling “eh”. The body needs fuel, right? Well, a friend was talking to me about the 72 hours fast, it really got me wondering if maybe I was judging it all too harshly, after all, thinking about all the crap we feed our bodies, could it even hurt to flush that all out?
My only issue with that fasting technique is generally that it doesn’t meet my dieting philosophy. I believe and will always believe your diet is a lifestyle, not an event! I have tried so many diets personally for health and weight reasons. This led me to adopt healthy eating as a lifestyle choice which starts in the mind folks. After discussing Intermittent Fasting with some Health Industry professionals I decided to give it a shot:
What the heck is Intermittent Fasting?
It’s no mystery by now that eating after 8 pm is not conducive to weight loss. Everything turning to sugar overnight is a recipe for weight gain and poor health. Sleeping issues, Inflammatory issues you name it! Intermittent Fasting is about when you eat in addition to what.
This is a lifestyle choice, you are basically always fasting. There is an 8 hour period you’re allowed to eat basically. The most popular and easy to manage time period is 12 pm to 8 pm. We need to eat to survive, sure but it’s well known that the body can survive short periods without food.
When I took the time to mull over all the facts, it made perfect sense to me. You are giving your body the rest it needs to work effectively. When you are eating your body is constantly working and long after we swallow.
You are allowed calorie-free liquids in the morning to get you through. It is suggested that you adopt a plant-based diet, reduce refined sugars working toward the goal of one meal a day. If you’re still iffy here are the real health benefits of Intermittent Fasting:
The Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Taking in the facts above you can imagine without the constant need to process food your body has the time to recover and regenerate, which aids these functions we may take for granted:
- Insulin Levels
- Excess Weight
- Brain Function
What Does It All Mean?
What it means is more energy, weight loss, and disease prevention. You will feel better and look better in addition to preventing and managing diseases such as Cancer and Diabetes. Obesity is also a disease and how you eat matters. Reducing Inflammation helps your heart health and increased brain function makes us remember more, increase productivity, be happy.
My Experience With Intermittent Fasting
I really had to try it before I stood behind it. I have been doing it for the last month, so while I expect more long-term results I have noticed some changes.
I don’t get tired midday like I used to. It was hard to get used to the schedule, I won’t even lie. The minute you tell me I can’t eat, I’m going to be as hungry as a bear but by the fourth day, I was getting used to it.
One thing I can tell you is to cut yourself a break if you don’t stick to it at all times. Honestly, I only did it five days out of seven but I found myself reaching for healthier choices and yes I had the ice cream (rewards are necessary). Without the heaviness of eating meals later and snacking I was able to have quality sleep, when previously I would wake up around 4 times a night, So overall the experience held up to the hype!
I hope this helps. Let me know in the comments some of the Intermittent Fasting experiences you have had.