Updated on February 14, 2020
Getting to Know Intermittent Fasting to Empower Health
Have you ever heard about intermittent fasting? Is it safe to perform and even recommended by health practitioners? This article will try to explain first what intermittent fasting is actually about and point out the benefits to empower our health.
About Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is a term used for representing a pattern or way of eating that includes some amount of time where a person only eats a limited number or doesn’t eat at all. The practice is either one of them and usually focusing on calorie intake.
The most popular and applicable version of intermittent fasting is the one including taking all food consumption in an eight-hour phase. After that, the practice is followed by a 16 fasted (restricted or not eating at all) hours. For instance, imagine you have all the meals and drinks consumed only between 10.00 am to 06.00 pm, and restricting calorie intake or going on a full fasting mode from 06.00 pm to 100.00 the next day.
There is also a version that involves a 5:2 diet that will separate your week into 5 days of eating and 2 days of restriction or fasting. On the chosen 5 days, you are probable to have anything that you want to eat and drink, while on the remaining 2 days, you are only allowed to take maximally 500 calories each day for women and 600 calories for men.
Where some said this method of fasting could be harmful because it sounds dangerous and impossible from the start, some even believe that humans have the ability to get used to such conditions. Humans actually take meals and drinks more proportionally like this way. Besides, fasting has also been known as a religious way of living healthily.
Intermittent Fasting to Empower Health
Some research has shown pretty interesting results on this kind of fasting. Most people will try performing it in order to lose some weight, and they are able to do it eventually. Below are the potential benefits of intermittent fasting on our health empowerment.
- Basically, intermittent fasting can really work for such purpose because one has limited the time and obviously the number of meals they have. The purpose of this method is not only to be more disciplined in terms of having food and drinks in a day but also to push ourselves to follow only at what time we are allowed to eat. When our body doesn’t get enough energy from foods and drinks we usually have, it uses stored fat as the fuel source. This way will shrink the size of fat, and weight loss will be the ultimate result.
- More about intermittent fasting, it turns out to also help to reduce the chance of inflammation. Any kind of fasting can affect hormones actually. Specifically this kind, it is beneficial for producing only good hormones such as HGH for fat loss and muscle gain, and BDNF for cognition, and after all, decreasing the level of insulin in the blood. Intermittent fasting is also believed to improve cardiovascular function and brain function. Again, it is a win for the doer.