What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent meanS “Irregular” gives us an idea of what we are getting ourselves into. Intermittent fasting, pointing it out… is not a diet plan, not specifically though, a medication regimen that alters your food intake, a cycle between (few hours) fasting, with either no food at all or perhaps reduced (max) calories intake, and periods of normal (unrestricted) eating.
Intermittent Fasting helps one with losing weight and mass and changes one’s body composition. It is also stated, intermittent fasting improves and maintains it, too and also, cures blood pressure and cholesterol level.
Though you might have heard about it in recent days, the kind of fasting has got its roots deeply buried in many cultures. Intermittent Fasting got its origin from traditional fasting, a universal ritual for improving health, synchronize with nature spiritually and bodily.
Traditional fasting is described in the ancestral text by Plato, Socrates, many Indian ancestors, and many other ancestral groups. My Country, India has many natural cultures and traditional fasting is still running in the country.
How does it work?
Intermittent Fasting asks for 12 hours or more sobriety from food and beverages to the extreme. It may require a complete cut-off of food (in the asked hours), or allow a reduced amount of food and beverages.
The idea in itself sounds frightening but take it this way… you sleep for 9-11 hours (min), you just have to prolong those hours to max 12 hours, i.e., 2-3 hours extra fasting. This idea goes for people who divide their day, fasting and eating, but there is another way for people to do it. One day eating, the next day fasting. If asked from me, I would choose… the 12 hours fasting for the obvious reason (food is life, Hail FOOD!!)
Intermittent Fasting methods!
There are a few ways which you can opt when thinking to start Intermittent fasting. This gives you the freedom to choose what timing or what type of Intermittent fasting method you feel like applying in your day to day life. These methods vary in time, days and calories whichever you feel like cutting off. I chose ‘decrease in calories’. Something’s always better than nothing. Phew! Thanks to this one certain type.
Without further scaring your already scared mind, let’s get down directly to these types. Yes, or are you planning to back down? Haha… kidding!
Even writing this scares me, haha! kidding again. This plan involves fasting on a complete 24-hour period. You can perform this ‘very scary’ ritual at least twice a week. In simpler words, you do not eat for complete 24-hours, and once this period is over, you can eat whatever the junk you feel like eating! (Brighter side, ikr?)
The 16/8 method
This is a baby version of ‘Eat-Stop-Eat’. Instead of 24 hours, you got to fast for 16 hours, the rest 8 hours, dive into whatever you feel like! This, unlike Eat-Stop-Eat, has to be done on a regular basis. For instance, you eat whatever you want to between am eight hour period, say, 10 AM -6 PM. This time, obviously, goes with breakfast.
Choosing what eight hours is entirely upon you… so hop on, we going Hawai! I mean, we fast, we get a good body, we wear a bikini… not obviously at home, so HAWAII IS ON!!!!!! Lame, I know, but dreams are dreams.
The 5:2 diet:
This method doesn’t ask you to fast, Not. At. All! Ikr, Eat and still lose weight!!! Dreamy and most probably one non-existing. Haha. Kidding. Though you don’t have to fast, what you do need to do is restrict your calories. Bummer, I know! I mean I thought I was getting thin by EATING! haha, not exactly!
Coming back to the topic, this type of method, gives you allowance to only 500-600 calories a day. Don’t fret, you do this only twice a week… so, Hawai is still on, right? haha
BIG QUESTION: How to get started?
It is honestly a matter of realization! We have done fasting, intentionally or unintentionally. Unintentionally you ask…. try to think of days you were left alone with no food and no means to get food, or how about the days when you were too lazy to cook and too broke to order, I relate to this on spiritual levels!
You get what I mean, right? All you got to do is bring it in your schedule, being broke helped me a lot.
What are the Merits of Intermittent Fasting?
Despite the fact that fasting’s been considered the oldest remedy for weight loss, we cannot ignore the fact… Intermittent fasting is brand new in the field and not very acknowledged by us and our bodies. Studies have been made concerning Intermittent Fasting, ruling out its merits and demerits. Merits, of course, outnumber demerits. Breathe now.
Disclaimer: These experiments have been done on animals but a complete study including human behavior has not been concluded. Despite the undone, the game is in favor of Intermittent Fasting making it pass with distinction, HUZZAH!
I have listed a few of the very modest benefits Intermittent Fasting provides us! The results would surprise you. Go ahead, give yourself a little BANG!
Intermittent Fasting has been duly noted for its control of lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, and inflammation. Well, ya know… eating limited has its own ways!
It is also been reported, the kind of fasting helps in reducing the insulin level. Now you might wonder what good will that brings, low insulin level( in a healthy human body) helps a person to switch its mechanism from burning carbohydrate to burning fat. This, as a result, helps humans to obtain energy without breaking down the muscle mass.
Some experiments suggest Intermittent Fasting works as an anti-aging solution. Though it is scientifically not proven and the paperwork is not done yet. It is highly probable, say… noted down the rough pages waiting to be faired.
The kind of fasting results in increased HGH, A.K.A, Human Growth Hormone. This hormone, on the other hand, helps the body to utilize body fat resulting muscle growth.
What are the Demerits of Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent Fasting does not withhold many demerits but one should be always cautious. It is to be strictly noted, this fasting is for who are overweight or have gained excessive weight. Under-weights? You guys, go eat!
The minority of demerits speaks only of discomfort. People who are beginners in the field might feel uneasy the starting few days but it grows on their taste in a couple of weeks. So my dear people, hold on a little longer!
People who should strictly avoid Intermittent fasting or fasting in totality:
- Women who are trying to conceive, or are pregnant or are breastfeeding.
- People with Diabetes, sugar or blood pressure.
- People on medication.
With that said and done, I want you guys to prep yourself up. Breathe in and tummy out of your life forever. Kidding, a little tummy won’t do any harm! Go eat, Go intermittent fasting and then Go eat again! I’ll go eat, too, haha!