Done with all the fad diets, fancy workouts and stuff? If this sounds like you, well, there is some good news. Did you know that you can now lose weight, gain health and increase your energy levels without being on a strict diet, regular supplements and intensive exercise plans? Intermittent fasting (IF) makes this possible.
Let’s have a look at what IF means and how it works. In simple words, intermittent fasting is all about “fast and feast”. Fast for an extended period of time, say 16 — 18 hours and then have your favourite food during the feasting period — 6-8 hours. This way, your calorie intake comes down naturally. Just make sure you choose to consume more of healthy and nutritious food during the eating window.
The best part of this diet is that you can eat all your favourite food in moderation! Just remember to break the fasting with nutritious food like dates, nuts, seeds, green vegetables and fruits.
Of course, this has been a spiritual practice across most religions since time immemorial. Today, studies and research have proved the enormous health benefits of intermittent fasting.
- Reduces the risk of chronic illnesses like diabetes, cancer and heart disease by increasing insulin and leptin sensitivity
- Reduces overeating by normalizing the levels of the hunger hormone — Ghrelin
- Burns the stored fat and hence increases your energy levels; weight loss comes in as a by-product!
- By bringing down triglyceride levels, the risk of heart diseases is reduced.
- Decreases inflammation and free radical damage
- Reduces the risk of metabolic diseases and weight gain
- Increases the production of the human growth hormone which plays an important role in slowing the aging process and maintaining overall health
- Boosts the immune system
Also remember that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to intermittent fasting. You can fix the fasting and eating windows according to your body requirements. Make this a lifestyle change and notice wonders happening to your health — physically and mentally.
Word of caution: Pregnant & breastfeeding women; those suffering from chronic illnesses and those who are on prolonged medication had better avoid any type of fasting.