Intermittent fasting involves a specific period of going without food that is followed by a set period of eating. The fasting and eating periods vary according to the plan you've chosen to follow, and each comes with own advantages.
We normally fast without knowing for the 12 hours of night time, which are then followed by 12 hours of daytime feasting. It's the reason why the first meal of the day is called breakfast; you're breaking the fast that was the night hours.
One way to intermittent fast would be to extend the 12 hours of night fasting to 16, and it would become the 16:8 plan of intermittent fasting. It makes the 16:8 plan one of the easiest to follow; you fast for 16 hours and eat within the other 8 hours of the day.
Benefits of intermittent fasting are many, and include:
According to scientific studies, intermittent fasting leads to improved immunity. Research also shows that fasting intermittently improves your metabolism, checking weight gain. Intermittent fasting lowers the risk of lifestyle and age-related conditions like diabetes, Alzheimer's and heart disease. Several studies also indicate that it helps prevent certain cancers.
You Lose Weight in a Healthy Way
During fasting, there's reduced blood sugar, and your body resorts to stored energy for energy. After regular cycles of fasting and breakdown of fat for energy, you experience a drop in weight.
There's also a drop in the level of insulin when you fast. Now, insulin is a hormone that inhibits breaking down of stored fat for energy and promotes more of its storage. That's, it reduces metabolism. When it's in low levels, metabolism goes up. A high metabolism means your body is using energy reserves in a faster way and your weight drops. The result is burning of stored fat and loss of those extra pounds.
When you're intermittent fasting, you don't have to worry about some meals. You can continue working at your desk during lunch, for example. If it's breakfast you're skipping, the worry of having to prepare a morning meal isn't there. The fasting periods free you so you can attend to other activities or just relax.
It Helps Fight The Effects of Jet Lag
In addition to using light to set its internal clock, your body also uses your eating habits. It uses the time you eat to tell what time of day and night it is. When you intermittent fast, this ' eating time' clock gets distorted, and your body no longer follows it. When flying through different time zones, the distorted clock helps to fight the effects of jet lag. One of the benefits of intermittent fasting during such times is that the symptoms of jet lag become less severe.
Intermittent fasting leads to improved health, loss of extra weight and offers you the convenience of not having to worry about some meals. When traveling, jet lag doesn't affect you much. The plan of intermittent fasting you choose depends on how well it suits your lifestyle; how available you're to observe the periods of fasting.