As many of you know, I am a passionate advocate of fasting. I believe fasting is a powerful way to love yourself and heal your body. That’s why I chose the title, “Intermittent fasting, never missing a day of love.” – Kevin Kaczmarski
Intermittent fasting is a popular health and fitness trend. Even though most people begin intermittent fasting for weight loss, the health benefits actually go much deeper.
Intermittent fasting is defined as an eating pattern which cycles between timed periods of fasting and eating, better described as a lifestyle choice than a diet.
I am passionate about fasting for many reasons, including the natural energy conservation that happens when we fast. Normally, your body uses a great deal energy for digestion and physical activity. In a fasting state, your body doesn’t need to use this energy for digestion. In addition, resting while you fast will allow your to conserve energy normally used for physical activity. This saved energy is then used to heal your body. The longer you fast, the more your body heals.
Let’s check out some of the most popular intermittent fasting methods.
Popular Intermittent Fasts
1. The 16/8 Method
- Most common intermittent fasting technique
- Fasting Cycle: 16-hour fasting, 8 hour eating.
- Typical Timing: No food from 8 pm until 12 noon the following day.
- Common Eating Pattern: 1st meal at noon, 2nd meal near 4pm, last meal near 6 pm, must be complete by 8pm.
2. The Warrior Diet
- Be like a warrior, who only ate one meal a day
- Fasting Cycle: Fast during the day, Eat one evening meal
- Typical Timing: Fast until 5pm
- Common Eating Pattern: No food until dinner, then large meal for dinner
3. The 5:2 Diet
- Follows a weekly pattern, easy for typical work schedules
- Fasting Cycle: Eat normally for 5 days. The other two days restrict eating, fast for long periods.
4. 24 Hour fast
- Complete a 24 hour fast once or twice a week. Consume a normal diet on the other days.
5. Alternate-day fasting: Fast every other day
- Consume a normal diet one day, fast the next day.
6. Instinctive meal skipping
- Skip meals on days your body tells you to. Days when you feel like you don’t need to eat or days it feels convenient not to.
As I always say, listen to your body. Discover the best fasting style for you. Over time, you can work up to longer fasts, but go slowly. There’s no hurry. Each time you give your body a healing break, you’ll get stronger and healthier.
Although some of these fasts may seem unorthodox or dangerous, fasting is actually more natural than eating 3-4 meals a day. If one wants to see more healing benefits and achieve a healthier lifestyle, they should incorporate the 80-10-10- diet.
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
- Allows your body to take a rest from digestion and focus energy on removing toxins to speed up the healing process.
- During fasting, cells can more easily initiate important repair processes.
- Most people start intermittent fasting with the intentions to lose weight, but soon realize the far deeper benefits of fasting as well. During intermittent fasting, weight loss is simple to understand; When you eat less frequently, you consume less calories and lose weight.
- Reduces harmful inflammation and the symptoms of inflammation.
- Improves mental clarity as you develop body and mind awareness. The new awareness helps transform an addiction to unhealthy food into a heart-centered desire for healthy food.
- Don’t need to plan or clean up as many meals
- People can organize their day around the window they chose for eating instead of constantly eating and preparing meals sporadically throughout the day
- Fits into peoples on-the-go lifestyle better
Intermittent Fasting Safety
Fasting is for everyone, but it is important to recognize where you are at in your life in terms of stress, emotional health, and schedule or workload. Educate yourself on fasting before going on an extended fast.
Start off by eliminating a meal a day for a few weeks. Once you feel comfortable with doing this, start eliminating two meals a day or periodically removing different meals on separate days. Once your body is acclimated to intermittent fasting, then you can look to carry out more vigorous fasts. To prepare for a fast, you can read this post.
Have Fun and Be Love
Intermittent fasting might seem hard at first, but once you are comfortable with it and start reaping the benefits, you won’t want to stop. Although weight loss is the primary reason most people want to incorporate intermittent fasting into their lifestyle, they’ll soon enjoy far more benefits than weight loss.
Have fun and be love, you and your body deserve it!
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