It seems no matter where you go in this day and age, people tend to be self-obsessed with their physical appearance. Fact is, we live in a highly materialistic society, which favors good looks over most things. It’s probably for the best though, considering to maintain a good body, one must first have a healthy body. Whether or not society glorifying body shapes is another discussion, but today, we’re going to discuss one of the newest and hottest trends in dieting and health; intermittent fasting. In essence, this diet has been around literally forever, but more realistically, only about a few decades back did people truly realize the potential of a diet like this one.
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What is Intermittent Fasting?
In essence, intermittent fasting is exactly what it sounds like, the people who undertake this diet essentially intermittently fast, in between periods of regular eating. Well, in reality, it is a little bit more complex than that. Basically, a traditional human eats what they want, when they want. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are stable societal concepts, but fact is, doctors suggest that genuinely eating this way is unhealthy, and borderline unnatural. If we harken back to the times of prehistory, cavemen didn’t have inventions such as refrigerators, microwaves, or even steady shelters. So when these people ate, they ate large amounts, followed by long periods of fasting until the next helping of food could be found out in the wilderness. In essence, this is where the concept of intermittent fasting originates from.
The diet specifically advises the same periods of fasting and eating to be followed each day, in order to have some routine and balance in a daily diet. The most basic method of intermittent fasting occurs thusly, it is the 16/8 method. Basically, an 8 hour eating period is followed by a total 16 hour fast, with no calories being consumed. For example, someone can eat from 12 noon, until 8PM, but may not eat again after that until 12 noon of the next day.
How does it work?
Surprisingly enough, this diet, if followed correctly, manages to produce results on a consistent basis. The first way in which it works is by reducing general appetite. Naturally, if you have a limited amount of time in a day to eat, you’ll eat a lot less, since the gaps between meals are smaller, and towards the end of the day you feel full and satiated regardless of what you ate. Secondly, when you fast, your body will not have any carbohydrates to pull energy from, and around 10 hours into your fast, your body will begin to burn up your stored fats for even the most basic of actions, so if you’re asleep during your fast, then you will literally be losing fat as you sleep! This diet also has proven benefits when it comes to hair and nail health, mental balance, as well as helping in developing a routine since the eating times are so well laid out.