Intermittent Fasting, Is it for you?
Intermittent fasting is gaining popularity, because it help people lose weight. Aside from the obvious there are a lot of other benefits. The origin of the term "break fast" refers to meal that breaks your fast. In simple terms our bio clocks have fasting built into our normal schedules to keep us healthy. We just need to learn how to use this more effectively. Intermittent fasting is not a diet but rather a pattern of eating. You choose a part of your day to refrain from eating which is called your fasting window. The most common type of intermittent fasting is the 16/8, which means, you fast for 16 hours and you eat within the 8 hour window. Don't let that intimdate you because 8 hours of sleep is recommended. That leaves another 8 hours of which you would typically spend a couple of hours commuting. How does Intermittent Fasting work? Fasting simply allows our body to burn off excess body fat. It is important to realize that this is normal and humans have evolved to fast without detrimental health consequences. Body fat is merely food energy that has been stored away. If you don't eat, your body will simply convert it's own fat for energy. Lifes is about balance. The good and the bad. The yin and the yang. The same applies to eating and fasting. To balance or to lose weight, we simply need to increase the amount of time we burn food energy (fasting), this allows our body to use it's stored energy. The important thing to understand is that there is nothing wrong with that. It is how we are designed. If you are constantly eating your body will simply use the incoming food energy and never burn the body fat. Your body will save it for the time when there is nothing to eat. Fasting offers many important unique advantages that are not available in typical diets. Where diets complicate life, fasting simplifies. Where diets are expensive, fasting is free. Where diets can take time, fasting saves time. Where diets are limited, fasting is available anywhere. There is no more powerful method for lowering insulin and decreasing body weight. Here are some of the benefits of intermittent fasting: - Improved mental clarity and concentration - Weight and body fat loss - Lower blood insulin and sugar levels - Increased energy - Improved fat burning - increase growth hormone - Lower blood cholesterol - Reversal of type 2 diabetes - Reduction of inflammation
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