Fads are a dime a dozen in this strange epoch we seemed to be trapped in. What’s more, in a world where the threat of fake news rears its ugly head at will, bares its rotten teeth, while also displaying an almost evil glint in its eye, how can we take anything at face value?
Now, admittedly, we did go off on a bit of a tangent there, but yeah, now onto Intermittent Fasting: do we lump it with the other ‘no-good’ fads, or is it really any good for you?
What is Intermittent Fasting?
For those not in the know, Intermittent Fasting (IF) is a structured programme where practitioners, don’t take in any nutrition (other than water and possibly nearly zero-calorie foods) for a certain pre-specified period known as the fasting period, and then only take in nutrition in a pre-specified period called the non-fasting period.
Types of IF
Leangains: Fast for 14 -16 hours a day with 8-10 hours of feeding phase
Eat Stop Eat: Fast for 24 hours one or two days a week (non-consecutive days), and eat normally for the rest of the week
Warrior Diet: Fast for 20 hours a day, follow this up with a big meal at night
Up Day Down Day: Eat ⅕ of normal calories on alternate days, and eat normally on other days
Now, that’s quite simple enough isn’t it, but why on earth would anyone want to subject themselves to something like this, I hear you ask? In truth, from the outside, looking in, it does verge on the horrific, but take it from someone who does this on the daily – you do get used to it! Even better, it has some sweet, sweet benefits that might, just might, make you want to take it on yourself.
Benefits of IF
Well, we’re pretty sure this is the bit you’re here for, so let’s go for it. Before that, we suggest that you go through the specific benefits of each type of IF listed above to find one that suits your personal goals. Here are the key benefits:
1. Shift the weight
When you fast, your body taps into the reserves (read fat!) for nutrition, resulting in a steady and healthy reduction in weight.
2. Pump up the metabolism
Strategic fasting and eating help increase metabolism by up to 14%. Unlike long-term calorie restriction, which causes the loss of muscle and slows down the body’s ability to metabolize food, IF ensures your metabolism stays steady.
3. Put the brakes on aging
With IF, you also help delay the onset of some serious health disorders, extending your youth! Besides, it ensures that the body repairs and maintains body tissues better, while also ensuring your organs function as they should.
4. Bump up the brain
Studies suggest that IF helps in the growth of neurons, boosts memory, and even can help in the recovery in post-stroke scenarios.
Now, there are plenty more reasons such as better immunity, reduced oxidative stress, better heart function and more – so isn’t that reason enough to jump aboard the Intermittent Fasting bandwagon today? We think it is!
Please Note: We strongly suggest that you consult a doctor or medical practitioner before undertaking any form of Intermittent Fasting.