About Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is quite unique, as it doesn’t simply change what you eat, it changes when you do. The purpose of this is to lose fat and gain muscle.
When your body digests food, it can last from three to five hours, and this is known as the fed-state. In this state, it is difficult to burn fat off. After your body is no longer processing a meal, it is easier to burn fat, since it is the fasted state. 12 hours after our last meal is typically when this happens.
There are many benefits to this diet, as people can continue to eat what they love while cutting back the necessary amount it will take to lose weight.
In restricting calories, it helps people to live longer, and the structure of the diet prevents a person from starving or not feeling full enough. It reduces the risks of cancer, and it considered much easier than any ordinary diet to partake in.
Cutting two meals a day out of daily diet is a disadvantage, however a person learns not to eat at certain times, and this ultimately leads to a healthier lifestyle.
Different Types Of Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting and its benefits
Time and time again, I wrote about the benefits of eating right. And I will do it again.
“Eating right” is a term that I use to describe the eating habit that uses regular feeding throughout the day. That does not mean, in any way, that you must eat non-stop.
It means that you should spread your meals in defined hours, so your body will crave less for nutrients at the end of the day. Due to this, you will have more self-control at the supper and will not need to eat as much food as you would if starved. This will lead you to a more relaxed sleep, and consequently to a healthier body.
But, from time to time, your body needs a little maintenance program, just like you would do to your car.
To do such maintenance, there are some techniques that are beneficial to both body and mind. One such technique is the intermittent fasting.
What is an intermittent fasting
An intermittent fasting is an eating habit that occurs in-between periods of eating, alternating normal calorie intake and food abstinence.
These periods of intermittent fasting are not as frequent as you might be thinking. It is the use of abstinence of food every now and then, to help the body to stabilize and are not to be confused with a diet.
Though it is not called intermittent fasting, our sleep is a form of food abstinence (unless you are a somnambulist that eats while sleeping).
Some religions use the intermittent fasting in order to achieve the spiritual peace they teach, others to purify the spirit to congregate with their deities, etc.
For instance, the Christians have periods of fasting. The Jewish and the Muslim also have similar practices.
What are the benefits of a fasting?
There are many benefit ways that a fasting affects the body. Here are some of them.
When you go under a fasting, your body starts to burn the energy that was stored in your body in the form of white fat.
These white fat deposits are usually found around the organs, in the belly muscles, between the muscles, breasts, and under the skin.
After a period without feeding, the body will start burning those deposits, as it has no energy intake from food and it still has to properly function.
The use of fasting is especially effective if you have the habit of eating right as I described above, as your body will not interpret this lack of calorie intake as food shortage, but just a prolonged period between meals.
By constantly feeding your body with the calories it needs to survive, you will not allow it to create a big deposit of white fats, but the little it still does can be burned away with fasting.
Know your hunger
Few people really know what hunger means and how it really feels. If you have not experienced it in your life, I am happy for you, because it is not good. People in sub-Saharan Africa have the terrible problem of famine and many people die each year because of it.
But in order to fully understand your body, you need to know what its hunger feels like. You need to experience the true signals that your body will send to your brain in order to make you feed yourself.
The hunger we usually feel is just a mockup of the real deal. The emptiness you feel in your stomach is nothing compared with what the real hunger is.
For instance, my body, when starving will not show any sign of emptiness in the stomach, but I will feel tingling all over the body. It will also start coughing and trembling up.
But those are the signs of my body, and yours will react in a different way. Your vision may become blurry; your stomach may hurt a lot. I don’t know. You don’t know. This is why it is important for you to experience it.
After you have experienced it and have learned what your hunger really is, when you feel the craving to eat a cereal bar, you will know if your body really needs it or if it’s just your brain trying to trick you.
Improves your glucose tolerance
Our bodies have special tissues made specifically to store fat that are called adipose tissue. Diabetics suffer from the accumulation of glucose on cells that are not from this special tissue, thus acquiring resistance to the effects of insulin.
With the fat burn that the intermittent fasting provokes in our bodies, the energy stored as fat in those cells is used, decreasing its accumulation and making the body to effectively use the insulin produced by the pancreas.
People who suffer from the type 2 diabetes that practice intermittent fasting are less dependent on medications to normalize their glucose levels, thus improving their quality of life.
As published in a study by the University of Chicago, the practice of intermittent fasting “delays the development of the disorders that lead to death.”
The theory is that the fasting stresses the brain, making it increase the body’s cellular defenses to potential molecular damage, causing better regeneration of tissues and making you age slower.