Health benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. The body initiates important cellular repair processes and changes in hormone levels that affect body metabolism. Intermittent fasting facilitates weight loss, especially belly fats. It reduces insulin resistance and lower blood sugar level. It is an effective anti-aging tool because of reduction in tissue oxidative processes and inflammation. Wait, there’s more?Fasting may help to prevent the development of certain cancers and memory loss due to its autophagic benefits- the removal of waste materials from cells. Intermittent fasting is also beneficial for heart health as it can reduce the development of hypertension, hyperlipidemia and inflammatory markers.

Several methods of intermittent fasting exists. The most preferred is the 16/8 method. It involves fasting every day for 14-16 continuous hours . You can drink water or any zero calorie beverages during the fasting hours. For the fasting to be beneficial, it must be consistent and you should be disciplined to eat moderate portions of quality, balanced, and healthy meals during the eating period which is around 8-10 hours daily.

To adopt this method of intermittent fasting as a lifestyle, make sure your mind is not fixed on foods and snacks during the fasting period and continue other healthy lifestyle activities like moderate exercise. Ensure you are well hydrated by drinking water regularly and remember not to overeat during the feeding cycle. If your eating period is in the evening, don’t go to bed stuffed. If you skip a day or two, don’t worry, you can start again. We will discuss the other methods in future posts. Who is already in?

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. The 18:6 fasting/eating cycle is a common method. The body initiates important cellular repair processes and changes in hormone levels that affect body metabolism. Intermittent fasting facilitates weight loss, especially belly fats. It reduces insulin resistance and lower blood sugar level. It is an effective anti-aging tool because of reduction in tissue oxidative processes and inflammation. Wait, there’s more?

Fasting may help to prevent the development of certain cancers and memory loss due to its autophagic benefits- the removal of waste materials from cells. Intermittent fasting is also beneficial for heart health as it can reduce the development of hypertension, hyperlipidemia and inflammatory markers.

Several methods of intermittent fasting exists. The most preferred is the 16/8 method. It involves fasting every day for 14-16 continuous hours . You can drink water or any zero calorie beverages during the fasting hours. For the fasting to be beneficial, it must be consistent and you should be disciplined to eat moderate portions of quality, balanced, and healthy meals during the eating period which is around 8-10 hours daily.

To adopt this method of intermittent fasting as a lifestyle, make sure your mind is not fixed on foods and snacks during the fasting period and continue other healthy lifestyle activities like moderate exercise. Ensure you are well hydrated by drinking water regularly and remember not to overeat during the feeding cycle. If your eating period is in the evening, don’t go to bed stuffed. If you skip a day or two, don’t worry, you can start again. We will discuss the other methods in future posts.

Published by David Arowolo

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