This procedure is very popular today. It is a combination of fasting and eating in cycles. The procedure helps to lose weight, to improve the metabolism, to protect against certain diseases and it is even used to prolong life. This term Intermittent fasting is being explained in this article of how it is used, what is it used for and how it can benefit your system.

What Intermittent Fasting is actually?

This name comes from performing cycles between periods of eating and fasting. The term doesn’t imply which food you should eat and which not, but it gives the period when you should consume food. The day or weeks are split in periods of eating and fasting. You can use different intermittent fasting methods.

While a person is sleeping they are “fasting”. This period should be prolonged during the day a little more. If you like you can skip breakfast and eat your first meal at noon and the last meal at 8 pm. So this actually implies that you are fasting 6 hours a day, and the eating period is 8 hours a day. This method is known as the 16/8 method and it is the most popular intermittent fasting period.

When a person is fasting they feel more energized and are feeling better. In the beginning of the Intermittent Fasting the hunger can be hard, but once the body gets used to not eating for certain amount of period you will feel better. While fasting you may not eat. You can drink water, tea, coffee and other non-caloric beverages. If another method from the Intermittent Fasting is applied you can eat small amounts of low-calorie foods during the fasting period. You can even take some supplements while fasting, only if they are without calories.

Why should you feast?

In the past people have been feasting because there were nothing to eat or from religious reasons. The religions like Islam, Christianity and Buddhism have mandatory feasting periods.

If feeling sick we usually feast because of the health problems. The feasting is natural and our body can handle it. The bodies can handle the period of not eating because they are well equipped in nutrients, minerals and vitamins.

Our bodies in the feasting period can thrive and change the whole process of the system.  The system can be repaired on its own because of the hormones, genes and important repair processes that are conducted while feasting. The sugar in the blood is reduced as well as the insulin levels go down, so the human growth hormone increases.

Some people go through intermittent feasting so that they can lose weight and with this process they restrict the calories and burn fat.

Other people undertake the intermittent feasting because of health benefits, they can improve their risk factors and health markers. If you go through intermittent feasting you can prolong your life. There were studies made on rodents that show efficiency in calorie reduction and lifespan when conducted the intermittent feasting. This process of feasting can help against certain diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer`s disease and many others.

Some people just like intermittent feasting because it is effective, makes life simpler and at the same time improve the overall health. They save time by not preparing 3-4 meals and cut the cleaning period as well.

Types of intermittent feasting

The intermittent feasting can improve the overall health. It has become a popular trend these days. There are several types and methods on how to undertake the intermittent feasting process.

Here are the ones that are the most popular:

  • 16/8 Method: food should be consumed between noon and 8 pm. And the feasting should last for 16 hours.
  • Eat-Stop-Eat Method: The feast period should take 24hours. From dinner to dinner the next day.
  • 5:2 Diet: Choose 2 days a week and eat only 500-600 calories a day.

The most popular method is the 16/8 popularized by Martin Berkhan of LeanGains. You will find this method the easier one because usually you don’t eat during the night, and you can postpone eating breakfast early. So just stick to the routine and change it a little.

Message for home

You can fast from time to time and experience the health benefits. Stick to healthy foods and restrict your eating window. You can improve the metabolic health and effectively lose weight if you feast from time to time.