The Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

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It’s one of the most popular health and fitness trends in the world right now, and thousands and thousand of people are fasting to improve their health, simplify their lifestyle and lose weight effectively. Intermittent fasting, or IF, translates into an eating pattern that focuses on fasting and eating.

It doesn’t mention anything about the types of foods you should eat – only when you should eat them. That being said, it’s not your average “diet program,” it’s more often described simply as an “eating pattern.” There are three most common methods of practicing IF, and we will briefly explain all three of them here:

The 16/8 method

You may hear people call it the “Leangains protocol,” but 16/8 is more common. Basically, it revolves around skipping breakfast and limiting yourself to a certain eating period during the day, which can’t last for more than 8 hours (2 pm-10 pm, for example). You spend the remaining 16 hours fasting.

The eat-stop-eat method

If you’re feeling up to the challenge, this method requires that you fast once or twice a week for 24 hours. Eat your dinner at 10 pm and don’t eat anything until 10 pm the following day.

The 5:2 method

Choose two non-consecutive days of the week, and during those days you are allowed to eat only 500-600 calories. That’s it. It’s the best choice for beginner “fasters.”

Now would be a good moment to ask yourself “But why would I even fast in the first place?” Good that you asked because there are many health benefits to living this specific lifestyle. As we mentioned before, fasting is an incredibly effective way of losing weight.

Apart from that, it can help reduce your insulin resistance, lowering the percentage of blood sugar by about 5%, and fastening insulin levels by 20-31%  – great news if you’re fighting type 2 diabetes.

Additionally, some studies have even shown reductions in markers of inflammation. Certain animal studies suggest that IF may help prevent cancer. And there have even been studies that had impressive results in LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride reduction.


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