Trending on multiple platforms and within health cultures, intermittent fasting has been on a pedestal lately. Let’s take a moment and clarify what it’s all about and the benefits the routine has to the human body.
What most of us don’t realize is, generally speaking, the majority of humans are already intermittent fasting daily. Because in the most basic sense of its definition, intermittent fasting is taking long breaks from feeding the body. Therefore, we all fast during a longer nights sleep. When we rest without eating from around 8-11 pm in the evening until 6-9 am the next morning, this is giving our bodies a break from food intake. During this time the body has an opportunity to rest from consuming, breaking down and digesting; therefore, it is allotted time to utilize stored energy from food in the form of glycogen from carbohydrates or triglycerides from fat cells.
The most common routine of intermittent fasting is to extend this already begun fast to mid-morning or lunch time. Reaching 14 or more hours of fasting is often referred to as the most effective time frame for a body to benefit. Also, it is noteworthy to mention intermittent fasting is not a focus on caloric restriction or starvation; rather, it is a change in the window of time in which one eats. In this way, the routine varies from a diet.
Mental clarity and increased energy are two benefits many claim when speaking about choosing this approach. Weight loss is another incentive; however, many claim this as part of the process that may not be instant, but it is often sustained throughout. Reducing inflammation and lowering cholesterol have been clear draws to intermittent fasting.
So, if you’re in the market for a new approach or an adjusted routine, consider intermittent fasting and experience the benefits waiting for you. There are many different ways to block off time or the hours you spend without consuming versus when you do. Click here to view examples of different methods. The key, overall, is consistency. Consider a new routine approach of intermittent fasting to see if one of these methods are right for you. Happy fasting!